The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr Mohammed Idris, says President Bola Tinubu is committed to ameliorating the temporary pains of Nigerians over fuel subsidy in the shortest time possible.
Idris stated this when he received Gov. Mohammed Bago of Niger, who paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday in Abuja.
The minister said that the president was aware of the temporary pains of Nigerians and was working day and night to address the negative effects of the government decision.
“We know that times are hard. Mr President has acknowledged that. He has said that he is aware that Nigerians are also experiencing some hardship arising from, first the removal of the fuel subsidy and the downturn of the economy.
“But you will agree with me that the fuel subsidy that was removed is actually in the best interest of Nigeria.
“He has said repeatedly that the pain of the fuel subsidy removal will be felt temporarily before the positive side of it will begin to be seen.
“Your excellency, I am sure the tiers of government, especially at the states, have begun to see that within a short time,” Idris said.
In his remarks, Bago said he was in the ministry to facilitate Idris, indigene of Niger, on his appointment by Tinubu to the face of Nigeria.
The governor expressed Niger state’s total support for Tinubu’s administration’s renewed hope agenda and for Idris to succeed in his role as minister.
“As Nigerians, we understand the vision of Mr President and we are with it 100 percent. Whatever it takes for us to drive that mission and vision, by the grace of God will do that.
“At any point in time, when you have challenges, we are there for you to come to us,” Bago said.
He called for the minister’s collaboration in propagating the potential in the state and to assist in attracting investors to the state.