Fuel Hike: Students, Workers, Groups Protest In Ibadan, Osogbo

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Following the recent hike in price of petrol, and the increase in electricity tariff, students, workers, and civil society groups have taken to the streets in Ibadan, and Osogbo to express their disapproval of the increments.

Recall that VANTAGE NEWS reported that the Petroleum Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, last Thursday announced an increment in the pump price of petrol to N151.56 per litre.

This followed the increase in electricity tariff as announced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on September 1.

In Ibadan, the protesters gathered at the Awolowo Junction area of the state capital, carrying placards with different inscriptions to convey their disapproval, and chanting anti-government songs.

They lampooned the government for taking such actions in a time like this, describing it as anti-people and wicked.

Speaking to the Punch, the Chairman, Joint Campus Committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Mayowa Opakunle, said that students in the state totally reject the increases.

“We are out on the streets to register our grievances and show our displeasure at the wicked policies and unjust treatment of Nigerians by the Federal Government.

“We say no to fuel price hike and electricity tariff increment at this period when many people have lost their jobs, many have not even been paid salaries for the past six months.

“Prices of food, other goods and services have continued to increase while salaries are either being slashed into half for so many while others don’t even get at all.

“But despite these hardships, the government has continued to increase prices of commodities. The consistent show of ineptitude and cluelessness on the part of the President and his cabinet is worrisome,” he said.

In Oshogbo, the Osun State capital, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and ‘RevolutionNow’ movement converged at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Old Garage, where they protested hike in petrol price, electricity tariff and cable TV subscriptions among others.

The protest follows the expiration of the 5-days ultimatum given to the government to reverse the petrol pump price and electricity tariff by the Coalition of Civil Societies, Osun State and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).

The protesters carried placards and marched through the streets of Osogbo.

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