The presidency on Thursday admitted that it takes key policy decisions in the running of the government without seeking inputs of leaders of the governing All Progressives Party (APC).
In fact, the latest policy on fuel hike was taken without consulting the party leaders, the government confessed.
The Federal Government also said it will be wrong for anyone to think it has just removed the subsidy on petrol, saying it had long been removed.
It, however, said Nigerians will benefit more at the long run following the fuel subsidy removal.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engineer Babachir David Lawal and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure on Thursday at a meeting with party leaders at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
The meeting was called to make known some of the government policies to the party leaders so they could effectively communicate it to the generality of Nigerians and not speak on government programmes in different tongues.
Admitting that the government had not been carrying along the party leaders, the SGF said, “In 10 days time the APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari will be one year in office. In these 12 months quite a number of key decisions have been taken. Remember that the spirit behind the formation of the APC and indeed the drafting of its constitution is that the party will be a very consultative one and that every now and then the party, the executive branch of government, will interact with the political arm of government, that is the party itself.
“Along the line, key decisions have been taken by government; it has not been possible that every time such key decisions were taken the party will be consulted. Nevertheless, the president has tried at every step of the way to consult quite a few of the key members of our party.
“One of the major decisions that the government has taken in recent time is the removal or the deregulation of the pricing mechanism of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
“We feel that the leaders of our party and the government need to have a class interaction to present the government side of the issue to you.
“This is a family discussion and the government side is very well equipped to respond to whatever issues you will want answers to”.
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