State Governors expressed their strong endorsement of President Bola Tinubu’s recent decision to abolish fuel subsidy payments in the country, as well as other administration policy initiatives.
During their first meeting with President Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the governors, who are members of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), voiced their support for his leadership, inclusive approach, and the courageous step of removing fuel subsidies.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, who serves as the Chairman of the NGF, led the state chief executives in expressing their satisfaction with the subsidy removal decision and commending President Tinubu for his statesmanship.
The governors pledged to collaborate with the President to mitigate the short-term effects of the subsidy removal and work towards the betterment of the people.
President Tinubu had earlier urged the governors to join forces with the Federal Government in addressing the issue of poverty in the country, emphasizing that the prevailing levels of impoverishment were unacceptable.
The President encouraged the political leaders to set aside their differences and unite in their efforts to alleviate the suffering and hardships faced by the people.
“We can see the effects of poverty on the faces of our people. Poverty is not hereditary; it is from society. Our position is to eliminate poverty. Set aside partisan politics; we are here to deliberate about Nigeria and nation-building,” he said.
President Tinubu emphasized the importance of perceiving the nation as a unified and cohesive entity, likening it to a large extended family.
“We are a family occupying one house and sleeping in different rooms. If we see it that way and push forward, we will get our people out of poverty. A determined mind is a fertile ground for delivering on results,” he added.
“Present in this room is our diversity in culture and politics, but we are one nation. The unity and stability of the country rest upon us.
“We are in a democracy, and we have to nurture the democracy. It is a hard-earned system and not easy to manage. If anyone thinks it is easy, look at other nations that are over a hundred years in democracy.
“We have managed ourselves very well to have a democracy. We have campaigned and arrived at our present destination. We must work for our people,” President Tinubu told the governors while assuring them that he would maintain an open-door policy.
“What do we do in the face of crushing poverty? What do we do with our development goals? We took the bull by the horns by removing the elephant in the room before the nation sinks.
“We need synergy to fight other vices like corruption. We are trying to get smugglers out of the way. How do we work together to galvanize the economy and put resources in place? We must think and perform.
“After removing subsidy, there must be savings accruing to the Federation Account,” he noted.
“How do we address the unacceptable level of poverty? How much are we investing in education, which is the only tool against poverty? I am ready to collaborate with you.”
“The NGF will follow the tradition of working constitutionally and harmoniously with you,” he said.