The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has advised President Bola Tinubu to prioritize transparency in utilizing savings from subsidy removal.
The association emphasized that these funds should be used to relieve the people experiencing hardship due to the removal.
In an interview with Saturday PUNCH, Ikechukwu Uwanna, the Chairman of the NBA branch in Lagos, he called on the President to invest the savings in infrastructure and human capital development.
Uwanna stated, “The President’s focus should be on ensuring peace, progress, prosperity, justice, and the rule of law in the country. I agree that subsidy should be removed, but the problem lies in how it was addressed. We all acknowledge the presence of criminality surrounding the subsidy issue.”
He continued, “I believe the President should carefully consider how the removal was implemented and ensure proper measures are taken to mitigate the impact. The saved money should be utilized for economic development and prosperity.
Additionally, the President must ensure transparency so Nigerians can see the justification for paying N500 per liter of petrol. If people pay such a high amount, they should at least witness the development it is being utilized for.”
Uwanna highlighted several urgent areas, including infrastructure development, human capital investment, healthcare, and education. He specifically emphasized the need to prevent strikes in higher institutions and improve the facilities and resources available to the judiciary.
He expressed concerns over the need for more essential resources in many courts, such as facilities for virtual hearings, generators, infrastructure, and books that would enable judges to enhance their judgments.
The NBA chairman urged the President to appoint competent and credible individuals to his cabinet, emphasizing the importance of their capacity to deliver his mandate. He also stressed the need for a real fight against corruption, as Nigeria’s ranking in corruption, according to Transparency International’s index, is unacceptable.