Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun, has asked Nigerians to endure the hardship caused by the removal of the petrol subsidy.
Abiodun spoke with journalists on Monday after a meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.
Abiodun described the subsidy removal as an initiative that would bring about “great gains”.
The governor, who lamented that the country lost up to N4 trillion annually to the subsidy regime, said the step was long overdue.
He assured Nigerians that the Bola Tinubu led-administration would put the fund gained from the subsidy removal into better use and revamp the country’s economy.
“We all know that the present government started with a bang on May 29 and the president rolled out a few initiatives,” he said.
“One of the most laudable of those initiatives was his decision to remove subsidy on petroleum products.
“As controversial as that initiative has been, no one can deny the fact that it is a very welcome initiative.
“That was a subsidy that Nigeria could no longer afford and one that the budget could not accomodate beyond June 2024.
“It was a subsidy that was not even in the budget beyond June 2023.
“More importantly, it was costing Nigeria about N4 trillion per annum, a fund that Nigeria did not have but had to borrow.