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SURE IS STILL ON BUT… – PRESIDENCY

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The Presidency yesterday said the Federal Government had not abandoned the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment (SURE) Programme and appealed to labour unions and other stakeholders to stop misinforming the public about the policy.
The Presidency said the comments of President Goodluck Jonathan at the 58th National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were misrepresented to mean that the SURE programme had been abandoned.
A statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said that at no time did Jonathan say that the SURE programme had been abandoned.
The statement reads: “As it has become the pattern by some political pundits whose definition of opposition is to undermine any good policy initiative of the Federal Government, there has been a deliberate misrepresentation of comments by President Goodluck Jonathan at the 58th National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party on 20 February 2012 on the issue of reviewing the SURE programme.
“It has been alleged that the Federal Government has abandoned or is attempting to truncate the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment (SURE) Programme. At no time did President Jonathan say that the Federal Government had abandoned the SURE Programme.
“What he said in his opening remarks at the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting last week was that the full implementation of government’s palliatives to cushion the negative effects of the fuel subsidy removal as contained in the original SURE Programme was no longer feasible and will be reviewed in view of the partial rather than full removal of the subsidy on petrol.
“The SURE Programme was predicated on a policy of full deregulation as stated in the document released to the general public. However, due to widely publicised events after the commencement of full deregulation, the government, after a series of negotiations with organized labour, reduced the pump price of petrol.

Via National Mirror

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