One-year Fuel Subsidy Removal Anniversary

Wow! It is one year already since the fuel subsidy was removed. And we are surprisingly coping. I never thought we could cope. But these guys understand us better. They knew we would MILT and cope anyhow even if it required trekking for 20 kilometers to work. All we need to do is to wake up early. That is why they are still playing with the proposed minimum wage. I learned the minimum wage committee meeting is suspended indefinitely. They are aware we can cope without minimum wage as the price of fuel keeps increasing.

A few days ago, I saw a protest by some hungry people over the recent Kano game of throne. I was like these guys are not protesting over the hunger written all over their faces but protesting over a struggle between brothers. We are unbelievable.

In another development, PTDF is working on the list of Nigerians to send abroad for the annual overseas scholarship for the 2024/2025 academic session. We are still sending people abroad for training in the oil and gas industry after 24 years of training many that we can't give jobs. Scholars that will either not return or will return without a job in the oil and gas sector. But then, how many scholars have we trained so far since PTDF became functional in 2000? How many returned? Where are they? How many more do we need to train? For how long before transferring the funds to our universities for those feast trained to train others locally?

I read A BBC News earlier today that a UK university's finances have been hit by a 40% drop in international students following a tightening of restrictions. As we complain about the depreciating value of the Naira to the dollar, let's keep pushing public funds abroad in the name of annual scholarships to fund universities abroad while our public universities are bleeding with inadequate funding, after all, everything is ASUU's fault.

It's really a difficult task to understand the Nigeria that we have created.

Meanwhile, Happy Fuel Subsidy Removal Anniversary, and congratulations for surviving it.


Prof. Abdelghaffar Amoka Abdelmalik, PhD.
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

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