Can you feel it people? Kolade says subsidy savings are already working

by Stanley Azuakola

Pinch yourself if you are not feeling it already. But as far as the Chairman of the Subsidy, Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Dr Christopher Kolade, is concerned, the gains of SURE-P are already showing.

In a released statement, Dr Kolade cited investments in provision of public mass transit service, construction and maintenance of roads, provision of maternal and child health care service especially in rural areas and vocational training services as his evidence.

It would be recalled that the SURE-P committee headed by Kolade was set up by President Jonathan in January to manage the savings accruable to the government from the partial removal of the subsidy on fuel. Some prominent Nigerians, including former Minister of the FCT, Mallam Nasir Elrufai, have however argued that in reality there is no such savings anywhere in the budget.

Dr Kolade pledged to Nigerians that the committee would enforce strict implementation of the SURE-P projects included in the approved 2012 budget. He said that already, the committee has “set up an international metric for monitoring, measuring and evaluating each project executed based on the Poverty and Social Impact Analyses (PSIA).”

He, however, noted that due to the partial removal of the fuel subsidy, the Federal Government’s budget for SURE-P was scaled down to N180 billion in the approved 2012 budget.

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Comments (3)

  1. Noticed new buses especially interstate, and major construction on roads (again, especially interstate) – Lagos – Abeokuta etc.

    Do want/need more of course. More buses by far. Train system. Progress on this power sector reform.

    I haven't encountered the changes in healthcare and education, although it would be great for citzens/journalists to report their observations.

    Then also, accountability from LGAs and states (as well as Fed) on the subsidy removal funds. It's a lot of money!

  2. Another distraction from the main issue: the Subsidy Scam.

    How can Uncle Christopher Kolade allow himself be used in such fashion?!?

    GEJ is not working and SURE-P is non-existent [or better still, Dead on Delivery].

    GOD save Nigeria

  3. Any distraction from the main issues: the Subsidy Scam.

    How can Uncle Christopher Kolade allow himself be used in such fashion?!?

    GEJ is not working and SURE-P is non-existent [or better still, Dead on Delivery].

    GOD save Nigeria

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