*Says the hike of fuel and electricity prices is anti-people
A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the lower chamber, Tajudeen Yusuf in a statement sent to newsmen on Monday, September 7, said with the simultaneous hike in the prices of fuel and electricity, the woes of millions of Nigerians have been further compounded.
According to the lawmaker, instead of celebrating Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary in a few weeks, “the APC federal government has taken steps to ensure that too many citizens will further wallow in miserable poverty and depression.”
“Nigerians emerged from the COVID-19 lockdown, hoping that government’s much-expected fulfilment of its populist slogans will follow the good examples of other countries, including nearby Ghana," he added.
“Instead, a few weeks to our 60th independence anniversary, they again brought additional insensitive yokes upon the people. “Compared with the pre-2015 prosperity era, the cost of one bag of rice rose from N8, 500 to now equal minimum wage, Naira now exchanges for N420 instead of N200 and Nigeria’s debts rose from $9. 7 billion to $27 billion while they now look for even more loans.”
The House of Rep member accused the Buhari-led government of promising a better life for Nigerians, “but only made Nigeria the poverty capital of the world.”
The PDP member lamented that the federal government had expended over N500million on feeding pupils during the COVID-19 lockdown, noting such monies should have been used to cushion the effect of the electricity and petrol prices increment.
“Even the Presidential Villa is known for bewildering 2019 budgetary allocations such as N135. 6 million for mere refreshments, another N145 million for foodstuffs and kitchen materials, N22.8 million for flower plants, N576. 7 million for vehicle spare parts,” he said.