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PDP chieftain urges reconsideration of petroleum subsidy removal

Abuja –  Mr Soja Dantanimu, former Assistant Secretary of PDP in Taraba, has appealed to the Federal Government to reconsider its stand on the proposed removal of subsidy on petroleum products.

He made the call in an interview in Abuja on Sunday, saying that the petroleum downstream deregulation policy, if not properly examined, would bring untold hardship to Nigerians.

Dantanimu, who recently testified for President Goodluck Jonathan at the ongoing hearing at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, said it was not logical that government that deregulated would still be talking of subsidy.

According to him, the citizens of the eight largest oil producer in the world do not need to buy petroleum products at exorbitant prices.

On Taraba state, the PDP chieftain lauded Gov. Danbaba Suntai for attracting best brains to Taraba State University.

Dantanimu mentioned the recent appointment of Prof. Monday Mangvwart as Chairman of the Governing Council and Dr John Kankeni as the Registrar as meeting international standards.

“These two principal officers are people who have reached the peak of their carriers and are well endowed with wealth of experience in university administration.”

He, however, advised the governor to embark on human development, saying that “he (Gov. Suntai) has achieved enough in the area of infrastructure development and this is first of its kind for our people.

“It is glaring that our governor has done a lot in the area of infrastructure and I urge him to do more in the area of human development, especially the issue of job creation.’’  (NAN)


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