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Nigerians groan, slam Tinubu’s government over petrol price hike

Nigerians groan, slam Tinubu’s government over petrol price hike

Nigerians have continued to wail as a result of the recent petrol price increase from N540 to N617 per litre.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president, Joe Ajaero, on Wednesday said the government has been deceiving Nigerians on the issue of petrol pricing.

While speaking on a Channels TV programme, Politics Today, Ajaero, said the Nigerian masses were being punished unnecessarily.

“If the government withdrew subsidies of petroleum products and suddenly, while we are about to start committee meetings, there is another price increase, why then will the government seek a court injunction and use other measures if it is not their business?

“It seems we have entered a reign where Nigerians are being punished unnecessarily and where lies are coming up everywhere.

“If you have a single market where everybody must change dollars at N800/$1, you removed the market where people were changing dollars at N450 to import, it means the very moment that dollar value increases to even N900/N1000, you will tell us that you imported it at current value.

“Despite the fact that the products you have now are not the ones that were imported under N800/$. Clearly, the government is toying with Nigerians. What is happening is not economics, but a reign of impunity,” he said.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the latest increase in petrol price as provocative and an invitation to crisis across the country.

PDP’s national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, in a statement, said the current price regime was an exhibition of “extreme insensitivity and callousness towards Nigerians”, alleging that the government wanted to extort the people who were already suffering.

“The present dire situation comes as a consequence of APC’s insensitivity, seething corruption, scandalous cluelessness and lack of capacity to effectively steady and manage the nation’s economy.

“Our party insists that the N617 per litre of fuel is excessive, unacceptable and cannot be justified under any guise. This is especially given the economic potentials and prospects within our country.”

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) kicked against the recent review of fuel pump prices.

CISLAC’s executive director, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, in a statement on Wednesday said the government must show real concern and take urgent actions to cushion the effect of its decision “which is perpetuating poverty and inequality.

“This is widening the country’s already-existing income inequality with low-income citizens and vulnerable segments of society facing greater financial strain to meet their basic food needs.

“The government should not take for granted, the patience of poor Nigerians who reluctantly bear the dire consequences of the over 300% fuel price increase due to the subsidy removal, as part of the sacrifice awaiting when government would have settled to come up with ameliorative measures for the citizens.”

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) said incessant hikes in petrol price was a pointer that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has never been sincere with Nigerians on the subsidy issue.

It backed the House of Representatives’ move “to investigate the overnight destruction of vessel with stolen Nigerian crude oil recently without investigation or prosecution of the culprits.”

CNPP’s deputy national publicity secretary, James Ezema, in a statement, said the oil industry “is permeated with a lot of corrupt practices that require open investigations if there must be an end to the suffering of Nigerians as a result of petroleum resources freely given to the country by God.

“For many years, the free gift of nature has been a source of pain and suffering for the citizens that many have been asking whether crude oil deposits in Nigeria are meant to worsen the living conditions of the masses or not.

“In the last eight years, Nigerians have been subjected to misery as a result of incessant increment in the pump price of petrol.

“The continued increment of the pump price of petrol without any attempt to build refineries for local refining of petroleum products is unacceptable by Nigerians and a further evidence of insincerity on the part of the federal government, particularly the so called messianic APC administrations.”

 

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