- CDD has reacted to the increase in the prices of fuel and electricity tariffs by the Buhari-led administration
- The civil society group berated the government for the hike especially as Nigerians battle with the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic
- CDD called on Nigerians to brace up and resist the price hikes using all constitutional options
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has condemned the hike in the price of fuel and electricity tariffs by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
In a statement signed by its director on Sunday, September 6, Idayat Hassan, CDD said the hike is an unpardonable assault against economic interests of long-suffering citizens.
The civil society group berated the government, saying it has chosen to heighten the suffering of the citizens at a time when governments around the world are enacting policies, and putting in place measures to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on citizens.
"CDD finds it unacceptable that a government, which has done very little or nothing to help citizens cope with the devastating economic fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic, would turn round to further squeeze life out of already impoverished citizens," the organisation stated.
The CDD said the government should have found better alternatives to address the issues which it claims necessitated the price hikes.
The organisation called on Nigerians to brace up and resist the price hikes using all constitutional options including peaceful mass protests, litigation, press briefings, and so on.
In another report, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has faulted the new electricity tariff increase announced by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
The NLC, in a statement signed by its president, Ayuba Wabba said the tariff increase was dead on arrival.
Meanwhile, the federal government has explained why it stopped paying fuel subsidy, a development that has led to an increase in the fuel price as it is now determined by the market.
The government said it currently lacks the money to continue to pay the fuel subsidy due to the economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic.
The explanation was offered by the minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, on Thursday, September 3, in Abuja in a briefing to mark his one year in office.
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