PDP knocks FG over new petrol pump price

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against the increase in the pump price of fuel as it urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the increase from N159 to N170 per liter.
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday in Abuja, described the new price regime as unbearable to Nigerians.
Ologbondiyan said it was also unacceptable given the prevailing economic crunch already confronting Nigerians.
According to him, the increase in the pump price would worsen the already “suffocating economic” situation in the country adding that such a hike would be an additional log tied on the economic neck of Nigerians.
Ologbondiyan insisted that the government had no justification to increase the cost of fuel to anything above N100 per liter, let alone N170.
He said that there was no such justification when there were practical options to maintain affordable prices given Nigeria’s production capacity and potentialities.
Ologbondiyan decried the continuous increase in the pump price of fuel.
He added that government had yet to come clean on the parameters being used for the hike in prices vis-a-vis Nigeria’s production, export, and accruing revenue.
He said that energy officials had withheld the facts regarding the status and volume of oil production, sales, and accruing revenue.
This according to Ologbondiyan was in addition to the government’s inability to fix our refineries and end crude oil theft.
He added that fraud in the management of the country’s oil resources was responsible for the high costs and hardship being suffered by millions of Nigerians who could barely afford their meals and basic necessities of life.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take steps in the fulfillment of his campaign promise to revamp Nigeria refineries while urging him to get more competent hands to run the oil sector.

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