By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Members of the Coalition for Civil Societies in Osun State on Friday protested against the increment in electricity tariff and fuel pump price.
The protesters who took off from Freedom Park, Osogbo displayed placards showing their displeasure over the increase in electricity tariff and petrol price.
The Federal Government, through Pipeline Products Marketing Company (PPMC) had on Wednesday fixed the depot price for premium motor spirit at N151.56 per litre, while the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association Nigeria (IPMAN) might be selling between N158 – N162 per litre.
The protesters lamented that the approval of new electricity tariff and increment in the pump price of petrol is the highest level of insensitivity and wickedness from President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Speaking, the Chairman of Osun Civil Societies Coalition (OCSC), Comrade Waheed Lawal, said that people of conscience would not sit down and watch the Federal Government further unleashing hardship on the common people through the obnoxious increment.
According to Lawal, “It is totally unacceptable for the Federal Government to continue taking common Nigerians for granted and taking us for fools. It is an affront on common Nigerians to have increased electricity tariff when there is no regular power supply and proper billing system.
“The increment in the fuel pump price and electricity tariff is not only wicked, uncalled-for and condemnable, it an act that has gone too far to test the patience of Nigerians and we can no longer tolerate bad governance.
“The increment will further impoverish Nigerians; kill small- and medium-scale businesses and enterprises and the country’s economy if not reversed.
“The Federal Government is pretending not to know that the Coronavirus has rendered millions of Nigerians jobless and threatening means of livelihood of Nigerians.
“The government is not being considerate. We cannot continue to languish in silence. Our voice must be heard. Enough is enough”.