A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Haruna Gololo, has urged President Bola Tinubu to create jobs instead of giving out cash to citizens to cushion the impact of the petrol subsidy removal.
The APC leader said Tinubu should not make the same mistakes former President Muhammadu Buhari made.
The President just got the approval of the National Assembly for a $800 million loan to ease the hardship.
Tinubu said 12 million households would receive N8,000 monthly from the loan that is being sourced from the World Bank.
Another N500 billion has been appropriated by the national assembly in an amendment to the 2022 supplementary budget to mitigate hardship as a result of the subsidy cuts.
Gololo said in a statement on Friday that Nigerians are still questioning the manner in which COVID-19 relief packages were disbursed to citizens.
“The money should be used to create jobs through the refurbishing of the Nigerian refineries or put up other industries to help employ the youths and school leavers,” he said.
“Yes! Palliative is a good thing and I welcome it, at least, it would cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal but Tinubu should beware of the banana peel that is about to consume one of Buhari’s ministers, the minister of humanitarian affairs.
“Many Nigerians still call for her head over the diverted coronavirus palliative funds. Many are still calling for the head of former Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo over the N5,000 promised to be given to the aged men and women.”
Gololo said the funds could be invested in infrastructure such as transportation.