A member representing Kabba Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency of Kogi State, Hon. Teejay Yusuf has condemned the rise in gas pump worth and electrical energy tariff hike by President Muhammadu Buhari led authorities, describing the event as insensitive.
In an announcement issued and made out there to DAILY POST in Abuja on Monday, the lawmaker mentioned the federal government intentionally took steps to make sure that nearly all of Nigerians proceed to wallow in abject poverty.
Hon. Yusuf questioned how the APC authorities might hike these issues that have an effect on commoners straight, stressing that, “tens of millions of Nigerians have been additional at sixtieth independence anniversary.
The assertion mentioned: “Nigerians emerged from the COVID-19 lockdown, hoping that authorities’s much-expected fulfilment of its populist slogans will comply with the great examples of different nations, together with close by Ghana the place large preparations had been made for the improved provide of water and electrical energy to weak communities nationwide throughout this making an attempt interval.
“As a substitute, few weeks to our sixtieth independence anniversary, they once more introduced further insensitive yokes upon the folks; in contrast with the pre-2015 prosperity period, the price of one bag of rice rose from N8, 500 to now equal minimal wage, Naira now exchanges for N420 as a substitute of N200 and Nigeria’s money owed rose from $9. 7 billion to $27 billion whereas they now search for much more loans.
“On September 1, 2020, the APC authorities introduced a drastic anti-people improve of electrical energy tariffs and fewer than twenty-four hours later, it elevated petrol worth from N148 to N151.56 per litre even when VAT and different taxes had been elevated to cost numerous facilities out of the attain of many struggling Nigerians.
“With present official inflation charge at about 13% and unemployment at 27.1%, Nationwide Board of Statistics indices present that greater than 21,764,614 Nigerians are actually unemployed; Nigeria’s youth stay the toughest hit by unemployment with over 13.9 million folks aged between 15 and 34 years unemployed.
”The gross hypocrisy of a authorities that promised a greater life, good governance however solely made Nigeria the poverty capital of the world is additional mirrored in perplexing and opaque expenditure just like the N523.3m mentioned to have been used to feed pupils throughout the COVID-19 lockdown whereas even the Presidential villa is thought for bewildering 2019 budgetary allocations corresponding to N135. 6 million for mere refreshments, one other N145 million for foodstuffs and kitchen supplies, N22.8 million for flower vegetation, N576. 7 million for car spare components, together with the sum of N986,908,251 for unexplained ‘miscellaneous’ spending.”
Hon. Yusuf posited that Buhari has overwhelmed a file in dragging the nation backward whilst uncertainties overtook tens of millions of Nigerians, complicating present issues that embody mass youth unemployment, worsening inflation, persevering with freeway robberies.
He added that abduction-for-ransom and steady onslaught from ‘technically-defeated’ terrorists who appear very unimpressed by the present administration’s uncommon magnanimity in rehabilitating tons of of Boko Haram even whereas many IDPs obtain scanty consideration was the rationale that insecurity has not abated.
He continued: “Although this administration that promised utopian fantasies is giving the lots very hellish experiences, it’s commendable that the most recent worth hikes are being condemned nationwide, with labour, professionals, survivors of COVID-19, human rights teams and numerous CSOs defying the administration’s observe file of vile intimidation to boost their voices.
“What occurred to all their marketing campaign guarantees; do Nigerians actually deserve such an obnoxious independence anniversary reward whilst the federal government contemplates tightening the financial noose additional?