By Abdulfatai Sobande.
Governor Dapo Abiodun’s comment supporting the recent hike in fuel and electricity tariff in the country has come under strong criticism from the opposition, New Nigeria People’s Party NNPP in Ogun State.
The governor had told State House Correspondents last Thursday during his official visit to President Muhamedu Buhari at the Villa in Abuja that the hike would encourage more private investors to inject fund into the both oil and gas as well as generation and distribution of electricity for better service delivery to Nigerians because of the Federal Government’s deregulation policy in the two critical sectors of the nation’s economy.
But the State Chairman of NNPP, Olaposi Sunday Oginni speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, described the comments of the governor as highly insensitive to the plights of Nigerians who are still struggling with the economic hardship of the post COVID-19 pandemic.
The All Progressives Congress(APC) led Federal Government according to the opposition party , should be thinking of policies and programmes that will cushion the effects of hardship being experienced by Nigerians and not inflicting more pains on them with such hike in the tariff of electricity and prices of petroleum products which recently jumped from #145 to between #157 and #162 per litre.
The NNPP State Chairman added that “it is saddened that the governor is far away from the people and has decided to pitch tent with the Burgeasim (Capitalists )who have continue to inflict so much pains on Nigerians.”
” It is saddened that APC that come under the mantra of change of reducing the price of fuel to #40 during its campaign in 2015 to Nigerians , the party never promised that it will deregulate the sector.
The party insisted that the government’s deregulation policy must be implemented with human face and more fund should be injected into the four local refineries in the country to make them function optimally.
“President Buhari was once a minister of petroleum as member of a military government at a time in Nigeria and presently minister of petroleum, he knows the problem, why are the refineries not functioning “, the party lamented .
NNPP accused APC of running a government of deciets by failing to fullfil its campaign promises of making life more abundant for the people, asking Nigerians to flush the party out of power in 2023.