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11 Dec

On 16 November, the federal government announced it would take some austerity measures to deal with the crashing crude oil prices. One of these is cutting the 2015 oil benchmark from $78 to $73 per barrel. Other measures include making Nigerians pay special tax on luxury goods like champagne. Metropole went around town to sample the views of residents on the austerity measures. Below are some of the responses.

 

Mr. Sunday Okunola, Supervisor at Abuja Urban Mass Transit Company (AUMTCO)

The government should think of how to improve the welfare of the citizens. If the government slashes down the salary of workers as an austerity measure, how do they expect them to take care of their families? That will cause economic hardship to the people, it is very bad. If they do that it doesn’t affect them, it will affect the poor man on the street.

 

Miss Rose Keffas, Human Resource Consultant

I think the government is doing the right thing because the government just wastes money, we just import, we don’t do a lot of exportation. The best approach is to allow the exchange rate depreciate so that CBN can use the small reserves to defend it at the new rate.

 

Mr. Emmanuel Omorusi, Public Servant

I think the government shouldn’t retrench people as an austerity measure. The only thing the government should do is curtail their looting of funds because that is where the bulk of funds is going to. If the leakages of illegal funds are cut short I think the economy will be stabilized.

 

Mrs. Samira Saad, Founder, Sabrosos Catering Service

 I don’t think it’s a good idea because as of now I don’t think the money going into the health sector, educational sector is not enough as it is, so if they slash it even more, it’ll bring up a lot more problems.  So many people don’t have access to adequate healthcare and medicine. The government needs to find another way to make more money. They should focus on other sectors like agriculture, tourism.

 

Mr. Michael Folarin, Owner of EMP Oil

The best thing is for us to be calm and fold our hands, because it’s not happening to only Nigeria.

 

Miss Ibioye Modupe, Intern at Abuja Digest

The government can minimize their expenses, and the importation of goods that are not of benefit to us, like apple juice and rice. We have states that import rice, instead of importing rice we should empower those states in a way that will benefit the country.

 

Mr. James Eme, Financial Consultant at SOFULU Multipurpose Cooperative Society

Everyone has to cut down costs, not only people in the government, even the people on the street. When the budget is small compared to the way it used to be, I may be forced to buy one bag of plantain chip from the seller who I used to buy three bags from. So at the end of the day, the money he gets in the day has reduced. So it has affected him too. What I will do is I will tighten my belt. I have parked my vehicle at home and I will enter this N80 naira bus. It will save me cost, it will save me energy I would have used driving in the hold up, and it would have saved me time. I believe we will go through it.

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29 Oct

The Bishop of Sokoto Diocese and social critic, Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah has attributed the problems inherent in the electoral process to lack of culture of succession.

Speaking at the Civil Society Situation Room Forum organized by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre today in Abuja, Kukah said that Nigeria as a nation has not undergone a transition of any surgical quality that would have enabled the engine of democracy to move with any appreciable speed.

He further stated that with political office being the domain of patronage and privilege, "we are caught in the predicament of men and women in the fortified city where, those inside cannot get out and those outside cannot enter.

"It is this convoluted logic that produces the violence and the humiliating culture of accumulation and theft in the land".

Kukah further maintained that: "we cannot assume that credible elections are so merely because elections monitors have said so. Credibility of electoral process is clearly a combination of factors."

He named them to include the rules of engagement,the extent to which the actors understand the rules and are ready to play by them, the institutions and those who manage them including the observers must have a common spelling of credibility.

INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega who also made presentation at the event assured that INEC is ready and prepared to conduct a hitch-free elections in 2015.

Jega also allayed the fears that election might not hold in three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, adding that INEC is collaborating with security agencies to ensure safety of electoral equipments and personal.

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