In order to lessen the negative effects of the loss of gasoline subsidies, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has encouraged the Federal Government to rehabilitate the country’s refineries.
At a Maiden Public Lecture and Groundbreaking Ceremony of its Secretariat on Wednesday at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University (AE-FUNAI), Ikwo local government area of Ebonyi, ASUU president Emmanuel Osodeke offered the advise.
In actuality, we reject gasoline subsidies. In this nation, subsidies don’t exist. It is inconceivable that after 70 years of crude oil exports, you still can’t refine the crude and sell it to your own people.
“Don’t sell it in dollars; instead, charge the Nigerian rate to your people. You see, there is a problem. In order to achieve sustainable development, it is necessary to repair our refineries and give national education priority.
Mr. Osedeke criticized the government for spending trillions of naira on fixing the refineries and suggested that their restoration would enable sustainable growth in the oil industry and all other sectors.
“I’ll tell you something: Any country that doesn’t support education inevitably invites trouble. We are a member of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and our position on subsidy withdrawal. Therefore, whatever steps they take to address this national issue,” the ASUU head said. We’ll help them, and the NLC will choose our next move.
Biodun Ogunyemi, a former leader of ASUU, asked the federal and state governments to support research, give priority to education, and enhance the quality of life for their constituents.