Aborishade, others blame FG for poor living conditions
Nigerians, including labour activists, lawyer, public affairs analysts and student leaders, have chided the Federal Government for priming the economy to make lives unbearable for Nigerians following the hike in Value Added Tax (VAT), electricity tariff and petrol pump price amid the ravaging COVID-19.
A labour activist and human rights lawyer, Femi Aborisade, who spoke with The Guardian in Ibadan, said: “All of the measures are punitive economic measures. While government spoils the business class in terms of reliefs, harsh economic measures are heaped on the masses.”
The National Co-ordinator of All Workers’ Convergence (AWC) and former Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Oyo State, Andrew Emelieze, said: “COVID-19 global scourge has exposed governance in Nigeria. Besides the woeful response from the Nigerian state, the government has continued to prove that it is not ready to learn from its flaws and make amends. Rather, our government is further sinking in bad governance by further infliction of untold hardship on her citizenry.
In the same vein, the Team Lead of a civil society organisation, Cure My Nation Initiative, Mr. Moshood Adewale, said: “The burden is getting too much, most especially for the poor masses. This time, government should look for a way to intervene and reduce the price of local rice, as there is no much difference between the price of foreign and the local rice.”
Also, the National Secretary of National Association of Public Affairs Analysts (NAPAA), Jare Ajayi, said that the policies being rolled out by his government are however compounding, rather than amelioratng the problems.
Students Union President of University of Ibadan (UI), Olusegun Akeju and President of National Association of Polytechnic Students, Benedict Olalere, also slammed the Federal Government.
Akeju said: “If I am right, I guess we are still experiencing the pandemic’s effects. It is however unfortunate that policies are being put in place without considering the negative impacts on Nigerians.
Olalere said: “Clearly, things have really fallen apart in Nigeria. This next level agenda policy is wickedness, as the government of the day has failed Nigerians.”
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