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Cleric tasks FG on oil subsidy removal

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By Olayinka LATONA

THE Federal Government has been advised to allay the fears of Nigerians and channel proceeds from the deregulation of the down stream sector of the oil industry for the benefit of the poor and underprivileged people of the country.

This assertion was made by the General Overseer of Wonders of God Church, Lagos, Dr. John Aire at a press conference to herald his 2011 convention tagged; “Our God Reigneth”.

Dr. Aire is of the opinion that the biggest fear of Nigerians is that windfall from the subsidy removal will not be utilised for the benefit of the poor people of this country.

“I think we have to look at the totality of this issue, we are told that trillions of naira are being spent on subsidy and people are asking who are those benefiting from the subsidy? If there are appropriate palliatives in place before the removal of the subsidy within four years every village, town or state in Nigeria will start to experience 24 hours power supply and people will not be bothered about the price of fuel,” he stated.

According to him, “the biggest fear among the citizens is that the money will go the same way others have gone. After 51 years of indepen-dence, we have hardly gone beyond where we are.”

Aire, a for-mer Commi-ssioner for Trade, Ind-ustries and Co-opera-tives in old Bendel Sta-te, also char-ged govern-ment to pro-vide more in-centives for the agricult-ural sector, boost mech-anised farm-ing so as to create more jobs for the unemploy-ed youths of the country, noting that agriculture has been the major drive of the economy before the discov-ery of crude oil.

The clergyman said: “It is very important for us to be optimistic at individual and family levels. If we all take a decision not to be cor-rupt, corruption will not have its root in the society because every Nigerian makes up of a family.

According to him, the convention begins on Friday at the church pre-mises in Ajah area of Lagos. The programme which ends on Friday is expected to feature anoin-ted ministers including Apostle Alex Bamgbola, Rev. Paul Olasore, Mr Segun Osilowo. They are expected to join chief host, Dr. John Aire and other ministers of the gospel.

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