The Niger Delta Youth Congress (NDYC), South-south Movement for Good Governance (SMG) The Urhobo Progressive Vanguard (UPV), Niger Delta Women for Change (NDWC), and others has urged president Ahmed Bola Tinubu to critically review the fuel price template provided by the NNPCL.
The group, in a statement jointly signed by National Coordinator NDYC, Comrade Israel Uwejeyan; National President, SMG, Barr. Raymond Oporomo; President, UPV, Comr. Efemena Esamagu; National Coordinator, NDWC, Mrs. Abigail Asibie; National President, CRYDF, Comr. Julius Emaluji.
The groups noted that reducing the fuel price template, government will be lessening the financial burden on the masses.
They also called on the President to prioritize finding a lasting solution to the inherited issues plaguing the petroleum sector. One crucial aspect that demands urgent attention is the state of the existing refineries.
The statement partly read : “The continuous reliance on imported petroleum products has not only proven to be economically unsustainable but also undermines our national energy security.
“We implore President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to proffer a comprehensive and sustainable plan to revamp and rehabilitate the existing refineries within the coming months.
“This measure will not only reduce our dependence on imported petroleum products but also create job opportunities, foster local content development, and ultimately contribute to the economic growth and development of our nation.
“We urge all stakeholders to work together to build a nation where the welfare of the people is paramount and where the actions of all stakeholders align with the collective goal of a prosperous Nigeria.”
They further urged Nigerians to be vigilant and reject the NLC’s attempts to drag them into a situation with uncertain outcomes.
Add: “We urge our compatriots not to fall for the gimmicks employed by the NLC, who seem to be taking advantage of the suffering of the masses for their selfish negotiations.
“The NLC must first and foremost provide a comprehensive explanation regarding its absence during the preparation, presentation, defense, and passage of the budget by the former President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and the 9th National Assembly, which did not include provisions for subsidy.”
“We call on Nigerians to hold independent oil marketers accountable for the drastic deterioration of petroleum prices, we vehemently condemn these acts of extortion by the independent marketers who hiked pump prices as soon as the subsidy removal was announced by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in order to sabotage the efforts of the government.”