President of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association ( NECA), Chief Richard Uche, has called on the federal government to statutorily empower the palliative committee headed by Dr Christopher Kolade.
This, he observed, would give the Nigerian people the confidence that the committee would be different from others before it.
Uche, who was the former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), in a telephone interview with LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, canvassed for a middle course between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the federal government as a way of ending the impasse occasioned by the removal of subsidy.
While describing government’s argument on subsidy removal as plausible, he also believes that Nigerians have enough reasons to doubt government’s sincerity, hence the need for a more transparent process from the proceeds accruing from the removal.
He also faulted the government for not conducting enough enlightenment campaign before taking the action on January 1, 2012, but disagreed with the argument that the poor is benefiting from oil subsidy sustenance as he stated that the subsidy is only enjoyed by the rich who are in business.