Fuel price hike will increase hardship on Nigerians – Senate

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, says that increasing fuel pump price beyond 145 Naira will translate to more hardship on Nigerians.Abdullahi stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, while reacting to the recommendations by former Group Managing Directors (GMDs) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The former GMDs had claimed that the current fuel price cap of N145 per litre of petrol was not in line with current economic realities and called for upward review of the price.

Abdullahi advised the Federal Government to ignore the recommendation, saying that it would not augur well for Nigerians who were already groaning under the yoke of hardship.

“Let me say that this is my personal opinion; I am not making this submission as spokesman of the senate.

“I read the newspaper report and I was disturbed, worried and I think for all intents and purposes, I’m very much disappointed.

“For crying out loud, all of these former GMDs, can they be said to be free of blame on how we got here?

“The refineries have not been working; the corporation itself has not been run transparently to the maximum benefit of Nigerian citizens.

“As far as I’m concerned, all of them that are speaking do not have the moral standpoint to even advise us on what to do because they had a hand in it.

“Maybe, they are sent to destroy this government. We will not allow them to do that because right now the President is grappling with inherited problems, which he is trying his best to change,” he said.

The lawmaker urged Nigerians to desist from offering advice that would add to the existing challenges facing the country.

He assured that the senate would re-visit the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) with a view to repositioning the petroleum industry which was a major source of revenue for the country.

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