Chris Eze, chairman of the GSM Village Telephone and Accessories Dealers Association, Abuja, said the government should have sought the opinion of citizens before the rise in electricity rates, the price of pumps and other essential services.
Eze revealed this during an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, to implement such policies that will have a direct impact on the masses, it is necessary to have the input of citizens.
“The government should make plans for the poor masses when it wants to implement any policy, the masses should be included.
“Another issue is that of the legislators if they are making laws for the masses, there should be a debate to know exactly what the people want.
“If it is very necessary for them to do it, let them do it in a way that people don’t feel it, they could plan it in phases, if they want to link it to the N180 they can do it in such a way that people won’t feel it.
“We are coming out of a pandemic, why should they increase the price of PMS (Premium Motor Spirit), they should have waited until next year for people to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
“In Nigeria, you know that anything that affects the price of fuel will definitely affect everything else, transportation, food, pretty much everything,” Eze said.
The market leader asked the government to have a plan for the country that positively affects the people.
“The government must have an action plan, it can be long, medium or short term, but there must be a plan and the people must be led.
“That they involve the masses; people must know what they want to achieve with their actions so that we are all led, not planning without people knowing.
“Before you know it, now another issue will come up and all this money that the government is trying to get out of this subsidy, they will divert it to something else and people will continue to suffer.
“That is not solving the problem, it is even creating more problems; each country has a plan for the future. “
Speaking about the lessons learned from the pandemic, Eze said that he had learned the need to save for the future.
“As an individual, I have learned a very great lesson, I did not believe that one day everyone would be indoors, without going out, without religious activities, it taught me a lesson that I should save for tomorrow.
Eze said the pandemic exposed the country’s lack of preparedness to handle disasters and urged the government to adequately prepare for such eventualities.