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PDP Youth Threatens Mass Action If FG Fail To Reverse Electricity Tariff, Fuel Price Hike

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The Peoples Democratic Party National Youth Frontiers has threatened to mobilise its members for a nationwide protests if Federal Government fail to reverse the recent increase in both electricity tariff and fuel price hike.

Just as Nigerians were trying to come to terms with the new electricity tariff increase, the Federal Government Wednesday, announced the upward review of the pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS) from N145 to N161 per litre.

Usman Austin Okai, National Coordinator of the PDP youth group, after an emergency meeting with members on Thursday said the new price was targeted at shortchanging the poor in society and putting basic commodities farther from their reach.

“It is unthinkable to review upward, electricity tariff, when more than 70 per cent of Nigerians are not on prepaid meters, but estimated billings, saying it is tantamount to shortchange of the poor in the society,” said Okai.

“The increase in pump price of petroleum products, always has multiplier effects on the living standard of ordinary Nigerians, without commensurate adjustment of workers salaries and allowances, saying this is capable of creating uneasy calm in the country.”

The main opposition party youth group National Coordinator stated that instead of cushioning the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government was making services and supplies unaffordable for people.

“It is expected of the Nigeria Government to create more palliative outlets to cushion the effects of post COVID-19 time, occasioned by rise in both services, supplies and items in the market not affordable to ordinary citizens,” he added.

Okai further warned that failure of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to reverse the decision to increase the pump price will lead to nationwide protests against the policy.

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