Fuel Subsidy Removal: Northern Group Threatens Mass Protest, Condemns Move by Government

Fuel Subsidy Removal: Northern Group Threatens Mass Protest, Condemns Move by Government

  • Reactions have continued to trail the federal government's disclosure regarding fuel subsidy removal in 2022
  • Recent is a coalition group in the north, reacting angrily and threatening to protest against the government's planned increment of petrol
  • The Northern group disclosed that it is not in support of such a move by the government and wants it cancelled

Gombe state- A group under the umbrella of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), on Wednesday, December 8, condemned the plan by the federal government to remove fuel subsidy.

The Punch reports that the group has threatened to mobilise the entire people of the region to resist it.

CNG said the plan by the government to increase the pump price of fuel to N340 per litre has continued to elicit varying reactions from Nigerians and civil society organisations.

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Fuel Subsidy Removal: Northern group threatens protest
People queue with jerrycans while waiting to buy fuel at a petrol station in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, on December 21, 2017. Photo credit: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP
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Addressing journalists in Gombe at the end of their Northeast stakeholders meeting organised by the group, the North East coordinator of the coalition represented by the Taraba state coordinator, Ibrahim Mohammed, kicked against the planned increase in fuel price.

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According to him, the promise to replace the oil subsidy with a payment of N5, 000 stipend each to 40 million citizens is not realisable while stressing that it is ill-intended,

Mohammed noted that even if it will be paid, it will benefit a few Nigerians.

The coalition further explained that they would submit the copy of their resolution to the emir of Gombe Abubakar Shehu III to peruse, having held the meeting in his state.

Mohammed said:

“The problems and sufferings in the North today without being compounded by a further hike in prices of essential commodities and mobility are traceable only to inept and insensitive leadership at the national and states level as well as the cowardice of other community and religious leaders who lack the courage to stand up to them in the interest of the people of the region and Nigeria.

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“We resolved to join the move to sensitize all levels of northern society on their duty to support a prolonged and sustained resistance to force government to immediately rescind the implementation of this unpopular, corrupt and inhuman policy within the next four weeks or risk an unprecedented mass action and civil disobedience.”

NNPC: Report reveals subsidy payment cross over N1 trillion in 2021, with more payment scheduled for December

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that a report by The Punch indicates that Petrol subsidy payments for 2021 have hit N1.03 trillion in the first 10 months of 2021, shrinking monthly revenue accrued to the federation account.

Legit.ng understands the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited revealed this in its latest report containing the presentation made to the FAAC meeting in November 2021.

The subsidy payment in the report was indicated as under-recovery which is the underpriced sales of premium motor spirit (PMS), better known as petrol.

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