Chris Steven, Abuja
Indications emerged yesterday that the Subsidy Re-investment Project (SURE-P) secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is currently winding up and would close down by the end of this month.
Already, 33 staff of the secretariat were sacked late April while the remaining staff have been given a letter terminating their appointment by the end of June.
The last administration of president Goodluck Jonathan did not make provision for petroleum subsidy in the 2015 National Budget.
A staff of the secretariat revealed to our correspondent that all the remaining staff in the office have already been served letters terminating their appointment adding that only about ten staff of the secretariat would remain at the end of this month to finally close down the office.
He stressed that once the Secretariat is closed down, all the state offices would also fold up since there’s no budgetary provision to run them.
Chairman of SURE-P, Ishaya Dare Akao confirmed this while playing host to the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mike Omeri who paid him a courtesy visit at the secretariat yesterday.
According to him, the SURE-P office was expected to work between 2012 and 2015 noting that the secretariat due to none provision of allocation to subsidy in the 2015 budget is currently working towards closing down.
He said the federal government only approved an undisclosed amount of money to take care of the ongoing projects by SURE-P saying ” my predecessor told me I came here to wind up”
His words: “I’m happy you realise that we have almost come to the end of the road, but I believe if there is any reason to continue particularly some of these community programme, I believe that the organisation should be able to partner with such a viable structure that you have
I will very humbly say to you that as at this moment there is very little assurance that it will be extended, as I said, all we are doing now is to ensure that the on going projects we will supervise them and deliver
Mainly to address ongoing project to 2015, and after that decision will have to mainly to address ongoing projects, and perhaps after that a decision would have to be taken by the new administration on the way forward, that is where we are now.
There are programmes that we have on ground, I have thought with your engagement you would have come in strong because NOA seems to have the structure at the local level, you would have effectively participated in some of programmed at the local level
Our success would be determined by the people of Nigeria and our achievements from day one have been documented “