- The federal government has come under fire for increasing the price of petrol to N151 per litre
- Dino Melaye, a former senator, called out the government for this decision
- The Kogi native maintained that the move is not in the interest of Nigerians especially at this trying time
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A former senator from Kogi, Dino Melaye, has vehemently decried the federal government's order for the increase of petrol price to N151.56 per litre which has already taken effect in some states.
On his Twitter page, Melaye described the move as wicked and insensitive and went on to say that at a time like this, the decision will affect Nigerians negatively.
The government's position has fuelled a lot of backlash from prominent Nigerians like Melaye and even political groups such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which the former outspoken lawmaker belongs to.
Melaye tweeted: "It is grossly insensitive, wicked and deliberately callous for Government to increase pump price of petrol in a time like this.
"Men of good conscience will not watch the lives of Poor Nigerians taking for granted with outrageous ignominy by a stationary government."
Earlier, the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) said that the price of premium motor spirit popularly known as petrol had been increased to N151.56 per litre.
The development comes barely five months after the pump price of premium motor spirit was reduced to N123 per litre by the federal government.
The disclosure was made in a memo released by PPMC and signed by D.O Abalaka, adding that the price takes effect from Wednesday, September 2.
The statement read: “Please be informed that a new product price adjustment has been effected on our payment platform.
"To this end, the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) is now one hundred and fifty-one naira, fifty-six kobo (N151.56k) per litre."
After this, the minority caucus in the House of Representatives rejected the current hike.
The minority leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, in a statement on Wednesday, September 2, described the announced price as unacceptable.
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