Nigerians in U.S. to meet FG on fuel subsidy removal

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New York – Nigerians in the U.S. have scheduled a meeting with the Federal Government in Chicago on Jan. 14 to discuss the removal of fuel subsidy.

The meeting was organised by Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in the Americas (NIDOA), in conjunction with the Nigerian Embassy in Washington.

NIDOA is the umbrella organisation of all Nigerians living in the Americas and the Caribbeans.

NAN also learnt that a high-powered Federal Government delegation would attend the meeting, which would also enable the government to make lucid clarifications on issues relating to the removal of fuel subsidy.

In an interview in New York on Sunday, Dr Ezekiel Macham, the President-General of the U.S. chapter of Zumunta Association, confirmed the proposed meeting.

He, however, stressed that the decision of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday, Jan. 9, would not help the situation.

Macham said that even though the removal of fuel subsidy could be beneficial in the long run, there was a need to initiate discussions on the policy before its implementation.

“They should have spent more time to prepare people for the removal of the fuel subsidy; it may be something good,’’ he said.

Besides Macham, a senior official of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the proposed meeting. (NAN)

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