Saturday, January 7, 2012

Hot and brief words of Fela Durotoye on fuel subsidy removal

Since I got back into Nigeria yesterday, I have heard some preposterous arguments that the removal of the fuel subsidy will be justified by wise investments that will benefit all.
My response has been…How will a wasteful government suddenly realize the genius of prudence and making the right investment decisions simply because there is more money available from oil subsidy removal?
Will there be less graft and bribes involved in process of issuing the road contracts or power contracts?
Have the Presidency, the State & Local Governments and the Legislature discovered how to travel without a convoy of 20 cars to the airport?
Can the occupiers of these lofty positions act in honour as Barack Obama did in 2010 when he got every member of his cabinet to take a pay cut, starting with himself?
Within his first few days as British Prime Minister, David Cameron led the austerity cuts (upon his assumption) by cutting down his convoy to 2 cars and one outrider. The Members of Parliament in Britain are now only allowed 3rd class train tickets on official travel (as opposed to their traditional first class train ticket allowances). The Mayor of London now rides a bicycle to work.
Leadership by example!!!
How come our ‘leaders’ in government earn so much and still spend so much furnishing the same houses and offices they furnished with our money last year?
Do you furnish your office every year? Why should the President, Governor or Senate President?
Wasteful leadership cannot make prudent investments!!!!! Q.E.D
The change we need is not just policy. It’s in the quality of mind and persons at policy making positions.
That said, how will we effectively deliver sustainable desired-change?

20 comments:

  1. Well written, poignant and food for thought. Kudos to him for writing this.

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  2. If only our leaders can all think this way. We would have a better Nigeria

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  3. very well said , unfortunately these guffons do not read and i know that poserity will judge everyone of them , my consolation is that by the special grace of God , 2015 will show them that every man irrespective of tribe or ethnicity , religion age or sex would use our votes to decide who is going to be worthy of ruling us from the federal to the local government , we need to start educating our people now that it's not about money but good governace, and integrity ---- their time is coming very soon .

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  4. posterity ---- typo

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  5. Mama Sometee; 2015? It will be same old, same old. The way Nigeria is going, there will be a big event before then.

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  6. Kemiismyrealname07 January, 2012 17:30

    When he got back into Nigeria abi? He is clearly not one of the masses.

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  7. At Kemil, yes he is! He just traveled for a conference. You obviously don't know him, he speaks for the masses!

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  8. Kemiismyrealname07 January, 2012 18:54

    You passed a comment, so did I. No need for the exclamation mark.Thank you

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  9. @Kemi: way too daft...pls zip it nxt time.

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  10. He makes sense but did he have to tell us he was out of the country? There is something about these motivational speakers that just does not sit well with me.On the points he raised herein, i agree with him and i am ashamed at the mediocrity that overwhelms our political leadership.

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  11. @Anon 11:40...May be he was just trying to tell us why his speech came late by emphasizing on his return

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  12. Kemiismyrealname07 January, 2012 21:00

    We really must learn how to communicate without insulting each other in this country. Unfortunate.

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  13. kemismyrealname ------ spot on , i totally agree with you , was wondering why the need for the travel info ----- we all could have said oooh looking out from my desk in cambridge i decided to contribute bah bah bah!!!!!!! all for the show ,but there is no need to insult. all those hiding under Anon ARE timid peeps nice to hear you speak . lol
    Ginika kilo mean ????????????? me no sabi book oooh i thought 2015 was for the next election ?????????? lol lol and a big LOL !!!!!

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  14. I agreed with him all the way.My argument was how can a government that has a history of mismanaging current funds suddenly guarantee the proper management of the excess from fuel subsidy. Even if it were possible, shouldn't the presidency have taken the time to win the confidence of Nigerians in that regard as opposed to the rash imposition of policies. Already the treasury is a leaking bucket.Shouldn't the monitoring institutions be strengthened before embarking on redirecting subsidy funds? Shouldn't our leaders show some seriousness by accepting pay cuts.

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  15. Kemiismyrealname09 January, 2012 00:45

    I am trying to understand why people want to crucify G. Jonathan. What did we expect, when the entire election process was flawed, right from the internal wranglings within the PDP, the election process and all? The president claims to have a phd, but cannot string a proper sentence together. So many things about the guy never added up. In Nigeria we get carried away with hype. I commented on this last year on Linda's blog, and na so, so abusive responses about 'support the guy', ' you are a traitor' etc...nothing has changed, this is the same person NIGERIANS 'voted' for. Remember, the south-south barefoot boy that everyone celebrated? We never see anything o.

    I will not write too much.

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  16. you are a correct man.occupy nigeria...

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  17. @kemi, me no even see the hype in question.
    I have never seen a more incoherent PHD holder in my life. It woul;d have been better if the man had speech defects. He is so incoherent that you can see that his thought process is faulty.
    Wey the hype?

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  18. Kemiismyrealname09 January, 2012 22:06

    My dear anon, cast your mind back to when the man first came into power. Part of the credentials that many people were using to attempt to legitamise his presidency was, the so called phd. People celebrated the man; when he was invited to the US (where he embarrassed Nigeria with his timid, village behaviour) people were hailing him as humble, etc... You are spot on when you say his thought process is faulty. Make I no too talk. Do we suffer from selectetive amnesia in this country?

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  19. Kemiismyrealname12 January, 2012 07:55

    *selective. See how frustration is making someone makes mistakes!

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