THE EFFECT OF #FUELSUBSIDYSCAM ON MY FINANCES
The other day, I went to an internet cafe in Area 3 Garki Abuja, to print my resume. As I removed my laptop and made to connect its charger in the socket, the girl who runs the place told me what would eventually be my shocker: “if you plug your laptop, na N400 you go pay because na generator we dey use!” My hand froze with the charger in it as she continued, “…fuel don cost now…” and then, just then, I realised “The cost of the fuel subsidy scam to my country, Nigeria.”
I was new in town as I had just come in from Zaria a week before. The harsh reality of the cost of the fuel subsidy scam had just stared me provocatively in the face and I could only wonder in bewilderment as to how a natural resource that should ordinarily have been a blessing, turn around to be the root cause of so much pain, anger and unimaginable corruption in the land. Of course, every desire I had to charge my ‘dead’ laptop had now vanished into thin air as I had to pay instead, to browse, to retrieve a copy of my resume from my email.
I left the cafe and boarded a bus heading towards Wuse enroute Maitama. At Wuse, I flagged a taxi cab and as it pulled over to the kerb, I told the driver where I was going at Maitama and he shouted, ‘N500.’ ‘N300’ I replied back, and yet again, received a stark reminder of the cost of the fuel subsidy scam to my country: “even when them never increase price of fuel, we no dey carry am like that!” At this point, I did a mental calculation: N999,000,000x128x24= Fuel Subsidy Scam!
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