A Lagos Cleric and General Overseer of Jehovah Eye Salvation Ministry, Prophet Godwin Ikuru, has extended his ‘fuel palliative ‘ initiative to the people of Victoria Garden City (VGC) in Victoria Island Area of Lagos state.
Ikuru, who was joined by some of his Church members on Friday, distributed fuel worth N1million to motorists in VGC as a way of ameliorating the pains of the fuel subsidy removal by the federal government.
National Monitor reports that the Cleric had earlier distributed free fuel to motorists in Surulere area of Lagos on Wednesday before moving his kind gesture to VGC on Friday.
Speaking with journalists, the prophet explained that the gesture would enable the beneficiaries to divert monies that would have been spent on fuelling their vehicles to other welfare activities, adding that the palliative was to reduce the pains inherited from the removal of fuel subsidy.
” You can see that the beneficiaries are happy and praying for me as well as the federal and state government on this palliative. We are going to continue this initiative and it will be spread across the states in the country.
” I want to thank the federal and state government for the subsidy removal policy. We can’t continue to pay subsidy anymore in this country. I will urge other philanthropists to emulate this idea and support government’s effort in reducing the effect of the policy”, Prophet Ikuru said.
Meanwhile, a female beneficiary, Aliero Buwa, said that she was initially doubting the initiative when she was told by the filling station attendants, saying that it would make her to save more money for other needs.
Buwa, who got 10 litres of free fuel, said she would use the saved money for the upkeep of her mother.
” I initially doubt this fuel palliative thing because I don’t so much believe in it when the petrol attendants told me when driving in. When I got it, it was like a dream. I will use the money I suppose to use to buy fuel for my mother’s upkeep. I will add the money to the money I am to send to my mother. I thank the Prophet for this gesture and initiative. More rich Nigerians should come to our aid in this aspect”, Buwa said.
A motorcyclist, Dominic Arume, said that he always find it hard to buy fuel at the rate the filling stations sell it, saying the kind gesture of Prophet Ikuru would enable him to have enough fuel for his transport business.
Arume said he would have more money to save for the day, urging government to reduce the cost of fuel in the country.
” I am happy I got this fuel. I was given free 10 litres of fuel. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I saw people queueing up and I said to myself, what are they queueing for, not knowing a man of God was distributing free fuel. This is the first time I am seeing a private citizen distributing free fuel to people. In this harsh period? This is strange ! “, Arume said.
The distribution of free fuel which commenced around 2pm ended by 6pm with more than 100 motorists driving both commercial and private vehicles gotten free 10 litres fuel each.