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Yoruba coalitiondemands reversal of fuel, electricity tariff

Published by The Nation on Sat, 12 Sep 2020


The Yoruba One Voice (YOV), a coalition of all Yoruba groups and organisations in the diaspora consisting of more than50Yoruba organisations from the four continents of the world, has condemnedthe federal governments increase of electricity tariff and fuel price.In a press statement issued from Toronto, Canada by YOV Communication Director, Zeachus Somorin, the coalitionstatedthat thefederal governmentby its decision failed to consider the impact of theCOVID-19 pandemic on the citizenry.Somorin stated that,Most countries of the world are giving stimulus packages to their citizens ranging from $800 to $1500 weekly, instead of the Nigerian Government to focus on economic recovery and re-build,using the stimulus package model of COVID-19 adopted by countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, United States or Canada, the government decided to increase the pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol to N151.56 per litre and electricity tariff.READ ALSO:New electricity tariff exploitativeAccording toYOV while it is necessary to make reforms that would boost the economy, it is shocking that the Nigerian government would make these reformstothe detriment of its citizens.According to YOV,this is the time for the federal government to make use of all the taxrevenueand the looted fundsrecoveredby the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).The group addedthat unnecessary hardship that may result in high suicidal rates, family violence and mental health breakdowns should be of concerns to the federal government during these unprecedented times than electricity and petrol increase.
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