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Fuel Price Hike: Niger Delta Group Threatens Mass Action

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The Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC) and the Coalition of ex-Niger Delta Agitators Forum have frowned against the recent increase in the price of petrol while threatening mass action if the government fails to reverse its decision.

The National Coordinator of NDYC, Comrade Jator Abido, and the Convener, Coalition of ex-Niger Delta Agitators Forum, “General” Ebi Tamuno in a joint statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja gave the government an 11-day ultimatum to peg the pump price of fuel at 120 naira per litre.

The group said it “will not hesitate to stand for the rights of the Niger-Deltans in particular and Nigerians in general,” while calling on the government to “immediately rescind the policy by reducing the pump price of petroleum product to the sum of N120 per litre within 11 days.

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They also called on the goverment to “Repair and put our refineries to immediate use so as to forestall the incessant price increment.

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“That a more robust policy on the petroleum industry aimed at fixing our comatose refineries.

“It is regrettable that our refineries have been left moribund and almost becoming a museum for petroleum refining equipment. Nigerians who are grappling with poverty have been left to their fate due to the hike in the price of fuel. There is no justifiable reason for the exorbitant price over a product that God has blessed us with in abundance.

“Given the existing economic realities and the post COVID-19 and #EndSARS economy which have left the country out of productivity in various forms; it will be a total policy aberration to allow for any form of price increase either in electricity tariff or fuel pump price which is impacting negatively on Nigerians.

“We make bold to state categorically that it is an affront on the survival of Nigerians who are finding it hard to feed on a daily basis to be made to suffer from years of bad governance,” the group added.

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