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SSANU opposes fuel price hike, decries security challenge

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Samson Chijioke Ugwoke

Samson Chijioke Ugwoke

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has threatened to declare immediate industrial action should the Federal Government effect upward review of fuel price.

The National President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke, who stated this while speaking at the National Executive Council, NEC meeting of the union at the Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, commiserated with the families of Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu Ali and six other soldiers who were recently ambushed and killed by the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.

His words: “There is a report I read about the possible increase in the pump price of petroleum products, the Federal Government should not contemplate that, it should not attempt anything on this because we will close the system down.

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“Any attempt to increase petroleum pump price, we will make sure, we bring down the government and close businesses in this country.
“Mega filing stations are selling fuel now at the cost of N145 per litre, so gradually they are coming in instead of the N141 which they were selling, it is now N141, gradually, they are building up. I am using this opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government not to think about increasing the pump price of petroleum products at all in this country.”

The association further frowned at the high level of taxations and electricity bills even without stable electricity supply in the country and advised government to take proactive measures to reduce hardships amongst Nigerians.

He said: “Taxation and bills are killing the people. Power without power, we pay every month for power but we don’t even see power. They are increasing tax. So the people are dying.

“Go to the market, an old woman will carry small green leave to market and the local government authorities will collect N50 and probably the green leave will not be sold for more than N150 and she will pay for transportation.

While calling on government to justify huge amount spent so far to curtail the activities of Boko Haram in the North East region of the country, Ugwoke insisted that government must rise up to its constitutional responsibilities and depart from rhetoric ecstasy.

Ugwoke added: “The present government should look inwards and find solution to all these problems. European Union is supporting this present administration to fight insurgency and many countries are giving support to the present administration to fight insurgency and other forms of criminalities, yet, we are not seeing the results.

“It is not a matter of campaigning and telling us you have done this, you have done that, you can only tell a blind man that there is oil in the soup and not salt, when he tastes the soup, he will know whether there is salt or not.

“The problems in the country are too much, we are having inflation of the highest order, spiral inflation, unemployment and bad roads. We call on the Federal Government to do something on these. We are appealing to the Federal Government to do something about bad roads.”


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