- Reactions continue to trail the increase in the petrol pump price by the federal government
- Several groups continue to lambaste the government for the decision
- One of such groups is the highly respected pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere
The federal government on Wednesday, September 2 came under fire from various groups over the hike in the ex-depot price of petrol from N138 to N151.56 per litre.
Spokesman of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin, told ThisDay that the latest development was the fallout of the fake promises made to the electorate by APC to assume power over five years ago.
He also flayed Nigerians who he said failed to hold politicians to account for promises made to them during campaigns.
He said: “This is coming from those who made all fake promises to them before they got power. It is a reward for people who don’t hold politicians accountable for their words.”
Its Niger Delta counterpart, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) condemned the increase in the pump price of petrol, saying it was unfortunate that Nigerians were continuously being made to pay for the inefficiencies of the government and its agencies.
The group’s spokesman, Ken Robinson, said: “How can the government even consider increasing the pump price of fuel again at this time in the face of the COVID-19-induced socio-economic challenges when citizens are struggling to carry on with everyday living?
“Many businesses are barely managing to survive; workers in the private sector are either not being paid salaries or being sacked. And it is in the face of such damning situations that the government has again introduced conditions in the guise of a fraudulent deregulation regime that has reportedly warranted the increase in the pump price of fuel in the country.
“The action is insensitive, callous, and clearly anti-citizens and is definitely going to adversely impact on citizens’ livelihood and I wonder why do the people have to always bear the painful consequences of the failures of government.”
The group called on the federal government to rescind the latest price increase so as not to further add to the hardship Nigerians are facing.
Also, the Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) described the increase in the price of petrol and the upward review of electricity tariffs by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) as “draconian anti-masses policy by a heartless administration.”
In a press statement issued yesterday by its spokesman, Mr O’Seun John, the organisation urged the federal government to revert to the initial price of petrol and electricity tariff.
“All over the world, people are just starting to pick up the pieces of their livelihood after months of economic decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While responsible governments are giving out tax relives, grants and offering succour to the citizens, including cash benefits and free electricity, the present government has chosen this low time in the lives of Nigerians to further elevate their suffering,” it said.
Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the fresh increase by the Buhari-led administration.
The opposition party in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, August 2 by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodiayn, described the decision of the government as “callous, cruel and punishing.”
The party demanded an immediate reversal of the prices to avert a national crisis, stressing that the increase will result in an upsurge in costs of goods and services.
But, in its response, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), blamed the PDP and its past governments for the current petrol price increase in the country.
The APC said successive PDP governments had foisted on the country a corruption-tainted fuel subsidy regime, which is now affecting the present government.
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