- IYC has condemned FG for showing a lack of concern over the recent hike in the price of premium motor spirit
- The body said Niger Deltans are the most affected due to the geographical peculiarity of the region
- IYC said the government should have put some plight-reducing measures in place before taking such "insensitive" move
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) has raised an eyebrow against the recent hike in the price of the premium motor spirit popularly known as petrol, saying such development is insensitive.
IYC expressed this disappointment in a statement released by its chairman Peter Igbifa on Wednesday, September 9, adding that the development is "ill-timed''
According to the body, the hike in the price of fuel has compounded the plight of the Niger Delta people due to the geographical peculiarity of the region.
It stated that instead of removing the subsidy, the government should have waited till the completion of some of the modular refinery projects.
It further added that the federal government should have embarked on aggressive rehabilitation of moribund government-owned refineries including reviving of floating petrol stations in some waterways in the Niger Delta region before increasing the fuel price.
“The umbrella body of all Ijaw youths, the IYC, totally rejects this increase of petroleum products. It is ill-timed. Our coastal communities are indeed the worst hit by this increase and we are asking the Federal Government to reconsider its position on this matter.
“We believe that before full deregulation is implemented in the petroleum sector, the Federal Government must put some prerequisite facilities in place. Such facilities must include reviving all floating petrol stations, which have been abandoned along some waterways in the Niger Delta," the Ijaw group said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Dino Melaye, apparently aggrieved by the increment in the price of premium motor spirit, 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.
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