Electricity tariff, fuel price hike: Nigerian students protest against govt

Electricity tariff, fuel price hike: Nigerian students protest against govt

- Nigerian students have begun to protest against the increase in electricity tariff and fuel price

- The students stormed the streets on Tuesday to express their displeasure against what they termed as insensitivity on the side of government

- The protest is ongoing in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo states as student trooped out in a multitude to reject the controversial development

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Nigerian students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone D have taken to the street to protest the recent hike in premium motor spirit popularly known as petrol and electricity tariff.

The protest, currently taking place in Lagos state on Tuesday, September 8, saw hundreds of the students storming the streets to object what they termed as an unjust and insensitive move by the government.

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Similar protests are ongoing in Osun, Ondo, Oyo, and Ogun as the students gathered at different states' capitals.

It would be recalled that the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) had announced that premium motor spirit would be sold at N151.56 per litre.

Electricity tariff, fuel price hike: Nigerian students protest against govt

Nigerian students have begun to protest against the increase in electricity tariff, fuel price. Credit: Premium Times.
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The development came barely five months after the pump price of premium motor spirit was reduced to N123 per litre by the federal government — and two weeks after the electricity was hiked.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has since rejected the fresh increase as Nigerians on social media also took to various platforms including Twitter and Facebook to express their displeasure.

“No doubt, this government has worsened all the crises it inherited from the last administration. In fact, the Buhari government is a clear example that we the students must go back to our revolutionary days as we cannot continue to lament,” one of the leaders of the protesting students said.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Dino Melaye knocked the federal government for being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, September 6, the former lawmaker lamented that instead of supporting Nigerians with different stimulus packages to ease the current economic hardship aggravated by the Covid-19 crisis, the government is draining the country dry without remorse.

The senator, who represented Kogi West before losing his senatorial seat to Adeyemi Smart in 2019, scolded the federal government for increasing "stamp duty, VAT, electricity and petrol."

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