- Femi Falana has asked that the hike in fuel price and electricity tariff be reversed
- The human rights lawyer spoke against FG's plan to switch from PMS to Compressed Natural Gas, saying it should be called off immediately
- Falana also faulted the government’s claim that in 2020 revenue dropped
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Femi Falana, a prominent Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, has called on the federal government to reverse the recent hike in fuel price and electricity tariff.
The chairman, Alliance for Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), also faulted the government’s claim that in the greater parts of 2020 revenue dropped.
In a report by The Nation, ASCAB in a statement by Falana explained that the claim of revenue shrink by the government was filled with inadequacies and figures that fail to show Nigeria’s economic realities.
The group went on to list the inadequacies such as gross mismanagement of public funds, ineptitude, and gross incompetence Nigeria’s albatross.
While expressing regret that funds earmarked for the energy sector have consistently been wasted, ASCAB said the government's plan to switch from PMS to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) should be cancelled without delay.
The minister of finance, budget, and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, had explained that the petrol subsidy was removed because of the drop in the federal government’s revenue.
Ahmed pointed out that the fuel subsidy was not sustainable because the government would not have the money to pay marketers. She said deregulation must be made to work since the government cannot afford subsidy payments.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Falana promised to collaborate with Trade Union Congress (TUC) in a protest action slated for Wednesday, September 23.
In a statement released on Tuesday, September 15, Falana urged Nigerians to come out against what he dubbed as government’s horrendous economic policies.
The protest tagged “Enough is Enough” will see civil societies join in setting aside September 23 as a “warning shot” to the government over its recent policies.
Falana, who berated the insensitivity of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, accused the federal government of planning to impoverish Nigerians despite the insecurity and other challenges.
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