The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, on Thursday advised Nigerians on how to survive the recent fuel price hike.
The traditional ruler, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Alli Ibraheem, advised Nigerians to engage in car pooling to reduce the cost of car maintenance, especially on fuel consumption.
The Osun monarch who enjoined Nigerians to embrace the arrangement with neighbours and trusted allies, stated that it will help mitigate the effect of the difficulty caused by the removal of fuel subsidy.
Furthermore, Oba Akanbi proposed cycling and walking for short distance as necessary for able individuals.
The monarch further cited an example of how bicycle bridges the gap between the poor and rich in advanced countries.
“While calling on the Nigerian government to fast-track palliatives and salary increment for workers, I enjoin Nigerians to device car pooling as personal temporary relief to mitigate the immediate effect of subsidy removal. implementation of Fuel subsidy removal has placed a challenge before Nigerians. It has affected almost all facets of our lives. As a father to the nation, I will strongly suggest the alternative mostly especially for the middle-class using cars.
“Car pooling is an arrangement where neighbors on similar weekly or monthly routines decide to use just a car. Instead of the two or three of them going with their respective car to work, they can decide to use one person’s car for a week, another person’s car for another week and so on to save the cost of buying fuel. The same can be applied in conveying children to school. With the package, individuals can adjust with less hardship in transportation cost.
“Sometimes, we can use bicycle for short distance. Bicycle riding is for all irrespective of your class. Many great people ride bicycles even to their workplace in advanced countries. A few will decide to take a walk for a shorter distance. Walking and bicycle riding is healthier. Nigerians should wake up. Let’s face the reality together so we can enjoy its sweet end together.
“Wealthy Nigerians should equally imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship. Many will pay the bike man daily to convey children to school. Rich individuals with a car can help the children of his neighbors going to the same or nearest schools.
“It’s understandable that Nigerians are going through a lot. President Ahmed Tinubu meant well. I’m convinced he will alleviate our sufferings and make this country great. Let’s be patient. We will laugh when the relief comes,” he said.