The Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF), an umbrella body of over 180 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), has expressed with dismay over the recent increase in Petroleum pump price and electricity in the country.
Comrade Ibrahim Waiya, the President of the group expressed their over the increase while briefing newsmen on Monday in Kano.
“It could be recall that in May 2016 the pump price rose from 87 to 145 per liter, in March, 2020 it fell from 145 to 125.50 and reversed to 123.50 per liter and again moved up to 143.80 in early July.
“For electricity, results of consultations with stakeholders across the country reveals a total rejection on rise of any form in electricity tariff.
In both instances, there has been public out cry on the increment in prices in the midst of COVID-19, but government remained insensitive to the plight of its citizens”, he said.
According to Waiya, on these anti-peoples policy coming at a time when most Nigerians are struggling to survive after Months of covid-19 lock down t is not acceptable.
“We strongly believe that such increase will further worsen the already deteriorating living conditions of Nigerians. And rather than these increases.
“Hence, government should be looking at giving palliatives to its citizens to cushion the devastating effects of the global pandemic.
“Just recently, Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) again introduced new price regimes for the electricity tariff and the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) 151.56, which came into effect 1st September, 2020.
“The reason advanced by the FGN is that Covid-19 has led to a severe down turn in the funds available to finance the budget. Hence, it’s decision for the increase.” Waiya said.
According to him, the Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF), In view of the above, is demanding as follows:
The immediate reversals of the new price regimes for both electricity and the PMS. G
should focus its energy on reducing cost of governance, blocking of leakages, and enhancing its revenue sources.
Inthe event such issue came up, government should allow a participatory and all inclusive negotiation process.
“Finally, we wish to tell you that we are ready to join hands with other Nigerians and to extend our hands of friendship to all partners such as organized labour and many other stakeholders groups within the four arm of realm in our quest to ensure the attainment of the aforementioned demands.” He assured.