Tinubu calls for fuel subsidy removal


By Ismail Auwal

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has called for fuel subsidy removal.

The APC’s torchbearer reiterated his determination to achieve a double-digit Gross Domestic Product (GDP) if he wins the 2023 presidential election.

Speaking at a town-hall meeting with the business community and the organized private sector in Lagos on Tuesday, Tinubu stated that fuel subsidies, which could cost the country N6 trillion, should be eliminated.

“Fuel subsidy, remove it. I am a beneficiary of the fuel subsidy because I have about six big cars but I pay the same for fuel as the young man with a bike in the village. Is that fair? Remove it,” he argued.

He claimed that  having achieved similar economic success as the Lagos State governor, he has the capacity to repeat the same in the country as president.

“We must target double-digit GDP to begin to reduce the poverty rate and I am determined to accomplish this,” he said.

The APC presidential candidate stated that his administration will put the country’s industrial policy into action by establishing major and minor industrial hubs in each geopolitical zone, promote agriculture by increasing productivity, improve farm incomes while lowering food prices, and bringing enough food to ordinary people’s tables.

He also promised that his administration would provide power, produce and use Nigerian-made goods, construct infrastructure, and, most importantly, improve the country’s security.

He, therefore, called on businesses community in the state to join hands with him, noting that a viable economy requires collaboration between the political and business communities.

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