The civil rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, has called on the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), to restore the price of liquefied petroleum gas, commonly known as cooking gas, as ‘he had reached it in May 2015 when he took office. .
HURIWA’s national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, made this known in a conversation with The punch the Saturday.
Nigerians have little to celebrate or rejoice in the recent marginal drop in the cost of cooking gas, Onwubiko said.
According to PUNCH conclusions, the price of 12.5 kg of LPG increased from N8 800 to N8400 and N8200. In some outlets, the price of the goods fell between 7,800 and 8,000 N on Thursday.
The product had grown 240 percent to 12.5 kg, rising from 3,000 N to 10,200 N in the first 10 months of 2021.
The development has forced some LPG users to switch to charcoal or firewood, as consumers of the product have sounded the alarm about the continued rise in its price.
The national LPG expansion implementation plan program manager, office of the vice president, Dayo Adeshina, said the federal government was putting measures in place to ensure a further reduction in the cost of cooking gas.
However, in a conversation with our correspondent on Saturday, the HURIWA coordinator stated that the marginal reduction (less than N1000) in the price of cooking gas is not substantial.
Onwubiko said, “The failure of relevant government agencies to regulate the pricing of gas assets in Nigeria is a recipe for encouraging the growing poverty situations that we have witnessed since 2015, when President Muhammadu Buhari put in place frameworks. economic policy devoid of progressive mechanisms.
“The government does not have the political will, the sincerity of its intentions and the commitments to do what is necessary to ensure that millions of homes in Nigeria are not subjected to economic hardship just so they can get gas to power their food preparation and other essential services nationally and otherwise.
“High gas costs have resulted in the closure of many restaurants and small businesses, increasing the unemployment rate in Nigeria. The high cost of gas has affected the green environment and it shows this government is being hypocritical when it says it is ready to take corrective action to stem the consequences of climate change.
“All of this international travel costing taxpayers billions of naira by the president and suite of ministers to attend global climate change-related summits without taking local action to verify the unaffordable costs of gas resources in Nigeria are cosmetic and hypocritical.”
When asked if it would be better for Buhari to reduce the price of cooking gas to what it was in 2015, Onwubiko replied, “Yes, but this government is unrepentant and incompetent.
“The government is happy to impose scandalous and satanic economic policies on Nigerians. This is even why the government has decided to tax us more for the consumption of soft drinks even when the wives of politically exposed officials buy expensive champagnes and wines at public expense for their own pleasure in their cocoons ”, he added. -he adds.
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