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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Massive Protest in Ondo Over Fuel, Electricity Tariff Hike

There were spontaneous protest in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Tuesday by Youths and some residents over the sudden hike in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and electricity tariff by the Federal Government.
Protesters marched on the streets of Akure, the state capital to revolt against the increment.
They invaded main roads in Akure with placards and banners on which many inscriptions were written.
The irate youths under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) also chanted solidarity songs to condemn the harsh decision of the Federal Government.
The protesters were also joined by angry residents, who accused the Federal Government of not being sensitive to the plight of Nigerians.
The youths described the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government of President Buhari as incompetent.
According to them, the present government has unleashed more hardship on Nigerians than any previous government.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Kowe Odunayo, Coordinator of NANS Zone D, said the hike in both the petrol price and electricity bills were sheer wickedness on the part of the government.
He added that the youths, most especially the students, would be badly affected by the hike, stressing that the government needed to reverse its decision immediately.
According to him, “it is no longer news to many of us again that the Federal Government has increased the fuel and electricity tariff but we want it to be reversed immediately.
“We are tired and we can’t also continue like this and we have suffered enough under this government and can’t be smiling at the same time.
“We are telling the Federal Government that they can’t continue to take us for fools with their anti-people’s policies.
“If they feel they can shut the voices of some people in Nigeria, they can’t shut the voices of the youths and the Nigerian students”.
Also speaking , Mr. Akinteye Babatunde, NANS JCC Ondo Axis, said Nigerians have suffered enough under the government of President Buhari, noting that the people would no longer keep quiet on the injustice being meted on them.
Apart from the recent hike, Babatunde said the present government has introduced various anti masses policies to Nigerians but said the youth would continue to speak against them.
His words, “We have started speaking and making our voices known that the increment is unacceptable to us as youths. We shall continue to speak until the Federal Government knows that we are not happy about the increment of these utility bills.
“It is just too unfortunate that at this period of Covid-19 the government in other countries are bringing succour to their citizens but in Nigeria, our own leaders and government are increasing the pains and suffering of their own citizens.
“It is so sad that our government is doing this to us, and it was because some of us as youths could not stand our ground against this injustice that this government has brought upon us.
“It has shown that this government does not like its citizens and we need to rise up and stand against them. Now, we won’t stop and we would continue to demand and agitate for the right things”.

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