ABUJA – Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Ima Niboro, said on Wednesday in Abuja that the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) had solved some human development issues in Nigeria.
Speaking when he received the Chairman of the programme, Lt-Gen Martin Luther-Agwai, in his office, Niboro, however, observed that many Nigerians had not understood the “massive programme”, which had impacted positively on the nation`s economy.
“We must let Nigerians know about the programme and projects of SURE-P; we must tell them what this administration is doing.
He commended the management of SURE-P for choosing the agency as a starting point in its enlightenment programme, saying that the scheme had been trying its best to tackle its challenges.
Earlier, Agwai attributed the various allegations and misrepresentation of the programme to communication gap.
He said that the misinformation on the N32 per litre accruing to the programme following the partial removal of subsidy had stimulated various allegations and speculations by Nigerians.
The SURE-P chairman said that it had become imperative to inform the public on what SURE-P had spent from the funds realised and how Nigerians could verify all information put out by its secretariat.
He expressed belief that given its prominent position as purveyor of information, NAN would assist SURE-P management in achieving the objective.
“We believe that if we can get the agency to hear and accept our story, it will be easier for Nigerians and the world to know what SURE-P is actually doing.
“Nigerians will through the agency know of our successes and the challenges, as well as what government has done to fulfill its promises.
“The SURE-P wants to rebuild credible confidence between Nigerians and the government which seems to be disappearing,’’ he said. (NAN)