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Nigerians react to over 60 days of presidency

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By Mercy Kelani

While 38% do not view the country progressing under current admin., 62% do.

In a recent survey, it was discovered that about 62 percent of Nigerians believe that Nigeria will experience progress under the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The survey was carried out by CMC Connect LLP, a public perception consulting and communications firm based in Lagos, in collaboration with Analysts Data Services and Resources (ADSR). According to the firm, an estimate of 1,714 participants across the six geopolitical zones in the country took part in the survey.

They also shared their views and opinions about the first 60 days of the Tinubu-led administration. The report stated that while 38 percent of the participants do not view the nation experiencing progress under the administration of the current president, 62 percent are certain about the moving forward of the country. Although some of the respondents are not very content with the first 60 days in office of the current administration, they have expressed optimism about the progress of the country regardless.

Respondents showed dissatisfaction towards the hike in energy costs.

According to the report of the survey, majority of the respondents expressed huge satisfaction with the suspension of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, and the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, from their positions. The report has it that respondents strongly agreed to the allowance of both redesigned and old naira notes as legal tenders. They also showed strong dissatisfaction towards the hike in energy costs.

The hike was attributed to the proposed removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu. Also, the report stated that the target of 6 percent average growth rate in the next four years, by the president and the unification of exchange rates was approached with moderate levels of gratification by participants in the survey. However, the arrangement of the ministerial list received strong dissatisfaction from respondents. The survey affirmed that their dissatisfaction stressed the significance of representative and diversified cabinet selections.

Establishment of the Nigerian education loan received mixed satisfaction.

Petrol subsidy removal generated mixed reactions as a huge number of respondents expressed unhappiness and strong concerns, asserting that the nature of energy policy changes because of its sensitivity. However, the proposed opening of more land borders, and the provision of grains and fertilisers to households and farmers got favourable reception by the survey participants. They also showed their support to the dissolution of governing boards of government agencies and the appointment of Service Chiefs.

Other works of the current administration that received a favourable reception by the survey participants include the newly introduced green tax on single-use plastics, the suspension of the import tax change levy on specific vehicles, and the excise duty escalation on products manufactured within the country. Mixed levels of satisfaction was derived from the establishment of the Nigerian education loan for students in higher institutions as respondents emphasised the need for a balanced approach to financing education in Nigeria.

President Bola Tinubu promised to support young people and women.

Prior to the election, the Nigerian president, in his manifesto, pledged to ensure generation, transmission and distribution of affordable and sufficient electricity across the country. He promised to ensure affordability and accessibility of basic healthcare, housing, and education. His manifesto also proves his promise to support young people and women by empowering emerging sectors like entertainment and culture, digital economy, tourism and others, to provide sufficient jobs with decent wages and to build the future Nigeria today.

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