Following the hike in the price of petrol, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume has said President Bola Tinubu intends to transform the country.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Akume said Tinubu came prepared with an action plan on reviving the nation’s economy, saying that the president is committed to fulfilling his promise of improving the lives of Nigerians.
The SGF said the action plan is contained in the ‘Renewed Hope’ manifesto of the president, adding that one of the ways is to stabilise the surging price of petrol in the country.
Speaking on the petrol price increase, Akume said Tinubu’s vision to restore the country has been in the works for decades and that the president is addressing the solution.
The SGF asked citizens to be patient while the government unveils the plan to improve the country’s economy.
He said: “As our team takes shape, I want to remind you all that @officialABAT came prepared- he came with a plan. He knows what to do & he is doing it. He has nurtured this vision for decades and he is now bringing it to life #TheAsiwajuPlan.
“As a government, we have heard your cries about fuel price increases, and be rest assured, we are working round the clock to normalize & bring solutions that ease the pain. Our job is to give you the quality of life you deserve when you wake up. So far, we are on course.”
The former Benue state governor described the petrol subsidy regime as regressive, adding that the annual payments were not sustainable and that Tinubu “had to act”.
Akume, who stated that although the immediate effect of the fuel subsidy removal is not favourable, asked Nigerians to be patient.
He said the Tinubu administration is working out modalities to ensure market forces normalize pricing while it drive policies that better the lives of Nigerians.
Akume said: “To this end, we are already working out modalities to ensure market forces normalize pricing while we drive policies that better your lives & boost your earning power. We have a clear economic restoration plan, so I urge you to trust the process.”
Akume said Tinubu’s actions of unifying the exchange rate and rejigging the country’s security architecture were proof of his commitment to using strong measures in securing the country’s future.
He asserted that deregulation is only the first part of the plan, adding that other health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, and more measures will come on board soon.