By Providence Ayanfeoluwa
A clergy, Assistant Pastor, Region1of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Samuel Olaniyan, has thrown his weight behind subsidy removal while calling for an end to subsidy regime.
Olaniyan who doubles as Pastor in Charge of Lagos Province1, lend his voice to the topic while fielding questions from the media at a parley where he pointed out that subsidy is for the elite and not the poor.
He said: “The argument about subsidy is that you are subsidizing the elite, so should we continue to subsidize the elites who have the money or the poor who buy diesel and petrol. People in the village use either candle or charcoal or they live without any. I think the subsidy regime should come to an end.
“But it is a carrot and stick approach, it is removal of subsidy and provision of palliative, you cannot remove subsidy without creating a mass transit for people to move about at cheaper cost, both go hand in hand, that is why the initiative of Lagos government to create a mass transit is laudable. It is something that our major cities should adopt while the federal govern support them.
“If you must remove subsidy provide what will cushion the effect but if we remove it the money that is being spent on subsidy can be plough into something more productive,” he said.
Speaking on unemployment, he urge the government to provide the enabling environment and infrastructure for the private sector as well as putting the right policies in place with fiscal and monetary policies, ensuring that inflation is kept at normal level.
He further said that the government should do things that would galvanize activities in agriculture, mining, industry and virtually in all sectors.
His words: “Any country where you have a large population of the workforce working for the government would always have the same problem that we are having in Nigeria, which is over dependence on government and corruption.
“Jobs should be created by the private sector with government creating the enabling environment and the infrastructures, putting the right policies in place, fiscal and monetary policies, ensuring that inflation is kept at normal level. Doing things that would galvanize activities in agriculture, mining, industry and virtually in all sectors, which is the business of government.
“There is a large number of youth who do not have job to do which is why we have youth restiveness. Government ought to enable the private sector, if you go to virtually all sectors, you would find industries closing down particularly the SMEs who are the engine room of industrialization.
“If there is no enabling environment, any money you invest in a business would disappear. We are depleting national resources because of neglect of what government ought to do, government must be sincere because they are not doing enough, and they should focus on that,” he said.