By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi has expressed disappointment over the recent increase in fuel price by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
“ActionAid Nigeria has condemned the hike in fuel prices, arguing that the country is not out of COVID-19 as a lot of citizens are losing their jobs and people are getting poorer.
It stressed that more responsibility with school closure, young people roaming the streets unemployed and fuel hike at this time is shocking.
“Governance is about easing the pain and burden of the common man, but it seems the Nigerian government is not in touch with the reality on ground.
“We are dealing with too many increases at the same time and this is introducing so much inflation into our lives. Governance is about people.
“Instead of dealing with insecurity, we are taking actions that will further heighten insecurity because as the inflations go up and more people are plunged into poverty, there will be more conflict in our society.”
“With the volume of energy we have in the country, it is disappointing that we are still not refining crude locally. ActionAid Nigeria will be working with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and relevant stakeholders to amplify the voices and demands of the common man.
“The fuel hike is a disappointing move at this time,” Ene Obi, Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria said.