Fuel Price Increase: Students, Workers Embark on Protest in Ibadan

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Nigerians including students, workers and civil society organisations have come out to protest the recent increase in fuel price as well as electricity tariffs on the streets of Ibadan the capital of Oyo State.

Several hundred protesters with placards were seen through the streets of Bodija down to the State Secretariat Complex. They conveyed their displeasure regarding the increase in fuel prices and the general state of the economy under the Buhari Administration during the protest.

They condemned President Buhari’s economic policies, describing them as wicked and lacking in sound judgement.

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Speaking to correspondents at the protest venue, the Chairman, Joint Campus Committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mayowa Opakunle said the recent increases in the price of petrol and electricity was unacceptable and rejected by Nigerian Students.

The Student Union executive said;

“We are out on the streets to register our grievances and show our displeasure at the wicked policies and unjust treatment of Nigerians by the Federal Government. We say no to fuel price hike and electricity tariff increment at this period when many people have lost their jobs, many have not even been paid salaries for the past six months.

“Prices of food, other goods and services have continued to increase while salaries are either being slashed into half for so many while others don’t even get at all. But despite these hardships, the government has continued to increase prices of commodities. The consistent show of ineptitude and cluelessness on the part of the President and his cabinet is worrisome.”

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The former chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Oyo State chapter, Andrew Emelieze also added his voice to the protest saying the economic policies of the Buhari Administration will make the people poorer.

Organised labour and civil society groups had announced that there would be protests this week, followed by a nationwide strike action to express the displeasure of the Nigerian people against the recent economic policies being implemented by the government.

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