Action aid Nigeria to government: Good intentions not enough
Commends Fight Against Insurgency, corruption
The General Assembly of Action Aid Nigeria (AAN) has expressed their displeasure over the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, saying the poor are suffering for the sins of the rich, who have had privileges of access to the nation’s treasures.
The group noted that increases in electricity tariff and pump price of petrol have significantly impacted on prices of food and goods in the market, causing the poor to spend 80-90 percent of their income on food.
It warned that the planned introduction of road tariff would further increase the pressure on the poor as it would impact on cost of transportation and movement of goods, especially food.
Noting that Nigerians are likely to lose confidence in the ability of the government to bring about the change that was promised in the 2015 elections, the assembly maintained that good intentions are not enough but their was need for urgent steps to assure Nigerians that ‘change’ is not mere electoral gimmick.
Addressing the media on State of the Nation during its 8th General Assembly in Abuja, the convener Dr. Yusuf Abdulahi, however, commended efforts by the government in combating insurgency in the Northeast and fight against corruption.
The Assembly also called on the government to urgently fast-track the implementation of the 2016 budget, which focuses on capital projects, social protection and employment generation in order to provide succor to Nigerians.
They also stressed the need to dedicate the recovered funds and those awaiting to be returned from foreign jurisdictions on programmes that would benefit the poor and the excluded people, adding that public consultations are required to harvest the opinions of Nigerians on priority development projects to be implemented.