The Niger State governor says they should be made to return all the money received illegally

The Governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Aliyu, on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to punish fuel subsidy offenders.

The governor announced this in Minna, while speaking at the opening of a seminar on Good Governance and Post Fuel Subsidy Appraisal organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

He said those indicted by the findings of the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee should be reprimanded accordingly and made to pay the money back.

“A wastage, it is corruption; it is stealing, which should not be allowed to go unpunished,” he said.

Aliyu said the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) agreed on the removal of fuel subsidy because of the monthly withdrawals from the Federation Account.

He also lamented the increase in terrorist activities in the country and its negative effect on the economy. He added that poverty had nothing to do with the motive but rather it was caused by the importation of foreign values.

“We have allowed foreigners to train our people without our knowledge. We must find solution to it (terrorism), otherwise we will be groping in the dark for a very long time,” he said.

The governor said the resources of the country are enough to provide free education from primary to the university level, only if they were properly utilised.

The NOA Director-General, Mike Omeri, said his organisation aims to promote dialogue among different religions in order to bring peace and harmony in the country, adding that the second stanza of the National Anthem is the organisation’s official National Prayer.

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