Following the hike in the pump price of the Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and electricity tariff, some students and civil rights groups on Tuesday took to the streets of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Osun states to protest.
In Ogun State, the students, who gathered under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Ogun Joint Campus Committee, and the National Association of Ogun State Students, besiege the state secretariat of the Nigerian Labour Congress in Abeokuta, for the protest.
The students lamented that the increment would compound the woes of Nigerians and called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to reverse the increment.
The protesters who carried placards with various inscriptions, including ‘No to fuel hike’, ‘NANS says no to increase in electricity tariff,’ among others, described the increment as inhumane.
The Chairman of Ogun NANS, Tomiwa Bamidele, accused the government of insensitivity.
The Chairman said, “We believe that our students are the end receivers of these anti-masses and anti-poor policies because an increment in the price of petroleum is an increment in the cost of transportation.
“And now that our students are going back to school, they will have issues; the salaries of their parents have not been increased, and the government has not put in place measures to reduce the suffering of our people.
“Having been greeted by COVID-19 at the beginning of this year, for our government to come again at this time with this increment in price shows that our leaders are selfish and they don’t have the interest of the people at heart.
Bamidele added “When we heard that the governor supported the increment in PMS pump price last week, we were disappointed that our highly placed governor would place the ambition of his party above the goodwill of the people.”
The State Chairman of the NLC, Emmanuel Bankole, also rejected the increment while addressing the students.
The Coordinator of the #RevolutionNow Movement in Osun State, Olawale Bakare, gave the Federal Government three weeks to reverse the hike.
The Coordinator said members of the group would return to the streets by October 1 if the government failed to reverse the price hike.
Bakare also demanded reversal in hike in charges by Multichoice.