10th October, 2011
Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the Primate, Church of Nigerian (Anglican Communion), says the Church will support the removal of fuel subsidy only if it will be in the interest of the masses.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, Okoh said the church would study governmentâ€™s proposal on how it intends to spend the funds that would be saved from the removal of the subsidy before taking a stand.
He said the church would not support the policy if it discovered that the action would not be in the interest of majority of Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that governmentâ€™s plan to remove subsidy on petrol has generated mixed reaction from a cross section of Nigerians.
Government is reportedly planning to begin the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry with the removal of subsidy on petrol in 2012.
â€œWe donâ€™t want to take a stand on the matter now until we study governmentâ€™s proposal.
â€œWe will support it if it is found to be in the interest of the public, but we will not if the policy will benefit only a few people,â€ Okoh said.
â€œWe want to see how government intends to spend the resources that would be realised from the removal of the subsidy.
â€œWill it be channeled into making life better for the majority of Nigerians or for only a few,â€ Okoh asked.