While Nigerians were yet celebrating the arrival of the year 2012, our very sensitive and caring government was busy hatching a plot. The plot has now been executed, and we have been rudely presented with the new year’s gift of fuel subsidy removal.
In simple English, we can expect to pay N141-N150 per litre of petrol from now. Already, most fuel stations have been shut down by their operators pending when they can adjust their metres to reflect the new prices.
While this is not a political or economic blog, it needs be said: No responsible government pulls this kind of stunt on its citizens on New Year’s Day.
In a country where public power supply is pathetically low (an average of two hours daily), this action is irresponsible and insensitive. Our government runs a bloated operation, with excesses everywhere including in salaries and other personal costs. Yet, this same government seeks to impose more suffering on its citizens.
Leadership should be willing to sacrifice first before imposing any crosses on the citizens! Sadly, our leadership as a nation is too spineless and too selfish and self-centred to even consider such a notion.
Shame on you, President Jonathan (and whoever is advising you)! You lied about the process and the date. Why should we believe anything else that you say?
PS: In case I disappear suddenly, you all should look in the direction of the Nigerian government’s State Security Services (SSS) for speaking publicly against the government.
Permit me to address the silly cop-out that the proceeds of the removal of the fuel subsidy will be used to help the poor. That is pure bollocks. How much of what government makes today is used for the poor?
Where is public power supply for the poor? Where are motorable roads? Where are efficient public transport facilities? Where are the health facilities for the poor? Where is potable water? Where is security (the Boko Haram group is effortlessly running rings around Police, SSS and Military intelligence agencies).
This bunch of thieves and rogues in government stuff their pockets and stomachs, and fly around with the funds that should be used for public infrastructure and services.
Dear Federal government, do plug corruption in high places first, put things in place for the public good, and we can believe that indeed the proceeds from any removal of subsidy will be used for the poor.
Overheads Through The Roof
In Nigeria, the average business concern spends a huge chunk of its overheads on power generation. I run a business, and I can tell you how horrible it is. Now, things will simply get worse.
One of the things that I am considering is having to buy the common, small petrol generator popularly referred to as “I Better Pass my neighbour” for office use to replace the larger incumbent. We will simply turn off heavy equipment such as the fridge when we are on generator.
If you run a small business, depending on your specific requirements, you might need to explore taking advantage of mobile devices to cut down your costs. Personally, Mobility Towers can run largely on mobile devices.
With a tablet, I have 10 working hours of always-on internet connectivity. This is in contrast to the maximum 6 hours that you can get on a netbook or laptop.
So, we can put on the generator for a few hours in the morning to get all our devices fully charged, and then we are good for the rest of the day.
Work From Home
Even better, depending on what you do as an SME, you may not need an office to run your business. So, you can eliminate the rent factor and related expenses of running a dedicated office by working from home.
Staying connected via mobile devices – feature phones, smartphones, and tablets – makes it possible to work from home, or anywhere for that matter.
Whatever and however you choose to run your business, it certainly is time to re-evaluate and adjust in order to stay in business.
In the meantime, let’s hope that Nigerians will get up and actually resist this insensitive New Year’s gift from Aso Rock.
Comments! How can you use mobile to mitigate the effects of the new fuel prices in your business, or in your personal expenses? If you want to express how you feel about the sudden removal of fuel subsidy too, please feel free.