19 November 2012

Nigeria: ASUU Kicks Against Fuel Subsidy Removal

Ibadan — Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) has vowed to frustrate the proposed removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.

President of the union, Dr. Nasir Fagge Isa, stated this at a reception organised by the ASUU chapter of the University of Ibadan to celebrate the National Trustee of ASUU, Professor Chukwuka Okonjo.

Okonjo is the father of Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was conferred with Doctor of Science by the university.

Fagge noted that available statistics showed that fuel ought to be sold at about N40 and cautioned the government against any increment.

"We are convinced that that there is nothing like fuel subsidy in this country. The statistics are there to show. If we are going to go back to real pricing of fuel in this country, we should be selling petrol at about N40 per litre. I can see that this government is hell bent on making life difficult and making people to suffer. We in ASUU will fight against this. We will be working with civil society organisations and labour to ensure that the proposal is not implemented," he said.

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