CNPP, TUC, NLC set to shut down Nigeria over fuel price hike
Following the increment in petrol price, Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has disclosed that all is ready for a mass action against the President Muhammadu Buhari government.
The CNPP said it has mobilised a coalition of civil society groups to join labour movements such as the Trade Union Congress, TUC and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to join the protest against the recent hike in patrol pump price and electricity tariff.
This was contained in a statement signed and released by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu on Monday.
The CNPP is the umbrella body of all registered political parties and political associations in Nigeria.
It said it was high time it told the Nigerian government that the people have ran out of patience after five years of experiments with the current administration.
CNPP maintained that the Federal Government is now taking the citizens for a ride.
“First the government increased the fuel pump price to N145 per litre, and Nigerians were told that the government has deregulated the petroleum sector to allow the market forces to determine the price of patrol,” the statement said.
The political parties lamented that the government, instead of allowing the market forces to determine the price of patrol, has been fixing the price of fuel for marketers.
“As if that was not bad enough, the federal government increased the Value Added Tax (VAT) and in the midst of the hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, electricity tariff was also increased at a time Nigerians were demanding that the federal government should, as part of the pandemic palliative, give free electricity to citizens,” it added.
It noted that every government in the world is subsidizing one sector or the other to better the lives if its citizens.