Fuel subsidy removal: Oshiomhole unveils palliatives for people in Edo
Against the backdrop of high cost of living orchestrated by the partial withdrawal of fuel subsidy, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has unveiled a number of palliatives to cushion the effect on the people of the state.
The governor, in a broadcast to the people of the state on Thursday said, although his administration had not yet ascertained the precise revenue that would accrue to the state from the Federation Accounts as a result of the reduction in the subsidy on petrol, he was conscious of the need for immediate measures to alleviate the effects.
To this end, Governor Oshiomhole announced the abolishment by his administration of all fees and levies, including Parent Teacher Association (PTA) levies, in all public senior secondary schools for both indigenes and residents, saying, “we will in addition sustain our existing policy of absolutely free and compulsory education at the primary and junior secondary school levels.”
Besides, the governor directed the authorities of the state-owned Ambrose Ali University (AAU), Ekpoma, to reduce fees by N15,000 for each regular undergraduate student irrespective of state of origin. In the same vein, just as he had directed a N5,000 reduction in fees for each part-time undergraduate students.
Before this reduction in fees, regular undergraduate students were said to be paying N52,500 while their part-time counterparts were reported to be paying N55,250.
According to Oshiomhole, “The total value of this reduction will be paid to the university by the Edo state government en bloc in addition to the N210 million monthly subvention. This effectively means that the AAU will not suffer any loss of revenue.”
The Edo State governor also directed the introduction of free medical treatment for pensioners and senior citizens both indigenes and non-indigenes from 70 years and above resident in the state, adding that this palliative was in addition to our existing free ante-natal care and delivery and the free treatment for children under the age of five.
“Similarly, I have directed the Edo City Transport Services to maintain and not increase the current fares. I have also directed the company to introduce a 50 per cent subsidy on transport fares for primary school pupils and secondary school students in uniform. This will take effect from the 1st of February 2012, by when all the ticketing details would have been worked out. We have also concluded arrangements to double the Comrade Bus Service fleet by acquiring more buses,” Oshiomhole added.