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Labour Movement Plans Mass Rally, Rejects Hike In Electricity Tariff, Subsidy Removal

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By Richard Thomas, Ibadan

Labour and Socialist Movement in Ibadan, the People’s Alternative Political Movement (TPAP-M), has rejected the planned hike in the prices of gas and petrol as well as electricity tariff.

It also demanded the reversal of the power sector privatisation done by the previous administration.

Addressing journalists.TPAP-M, a coalition of individuals and organisations committed to the emergence and building of a Mass Workers’ Party, and the Socialist Transformation of Nigeria, stated that Nigerians are going through a lot of hardship at the moment without the extra burden of fuel subsidy removal and increased electricity tariff.

Oyo State Chairman of TPAP-M, Ibrahim Mohammed, and  Secretary Rasheedat Adesina, disclosed that it would hold ”Occupy Nigeria Phase II” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the first phase and to demand the reversal of the current obnoxious policies of the government.

The activists said: “We reject, in its totality, the hike in the price of gas and the impending hike in the price of petrol and electricity tariff.

“We insist that Nigerians cannot and must not be punished for the failures and incompetence of the ruling class and this regime in ensuring access to affordable energy and adequate security.

“We demand that past and present managements of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) and the four moribund refineries be prosecuted for their crass incompetence that has resulted in the failure, since 2012, at least, to turn around the fortunes of the refineries and make them work at optimum capacity, thus contributing significantly to Nigeria’s inability to acquire adequate domestic refining capacity.”

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