HOW THE #FUELSUBSIDYSCAM HAS AFFECTED MY FAMILY
When the curse called ‘Goodluck’ is placed upon you, your life will never be the same again. Trying to relive the trauma my family went through due to the Fuel Subsidy Scam does not gives give me any pleasure but as the Kenyan Proverb goes “Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes.”
The increase in the price of petrol came as a shock to ‘ordinary’ Nigerians on the first day of the year 2012. The PPPRA increased the price of Premium Motor Spirit or Petrol from 65 Naira to 141 Naira. It was a ‘wonderful New Year Gift. My parents dismissed the news, when i told them, as a rumour until during lunch when they heard it on the news. My mum sat silently like a bereaved, with tears dripping from her eyes. My dad stood up and entered his room, obviously livid.
The consequences of the increase began telling immediately on our family. We could not afford the little comforts we were enjoying in the past. We had to fill bottles with water now to replace the packaged water we bought in past. You don’t just go into the kitchen and prepare what to you want to, excessive eating became intolerable. We sought succour in the use of firewood for cooking because kerosene was for the well to do.
My junior sisters had to stay at home for almost a week before my dad could gather enough money for their transportation fare after the strike and of course even after that, they had to make do with what he could get for them as stipend. Let me leave out the story of how my uncle had to
board a trailer back home from Calabar for another day.
Glory Be To God. Thank You.
Alhussain Muhammad Alfa
@alhussainalfa on twitter
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