Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: CLO Warns FG Against Increase in Fuel Price in 2013

The Lagos branch of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) yesterday urged the Federal Government not to contemplate any increase in the pump price of petrol to save Nigerians from more hardship.

Addressing a news conference on the "Economic, Social and Political Progress of the Nigerian Nation in the Last 12 months", CLO Chairman, Mr Ehi Omokhuale, said that any increase would have a devastating effect on the masses.

"We advise the Federal Government not to contemplate increasing fuel pump prices in the face of the present hardship in the land. At this point in the nation's history, care must be taken to avoid any policy that may ignite an uprising. The national protest against the removal of fuel subsidy on Jan. 1, must not be allowed to happen again as it may become very disastrous," he said.

The CLO chairman noted that there was not much improvement in the welfare of the people across all the states in the country in 2012.

He said that attempts at urbanising some states and ridding them of criminals who used commercial motorcycles to operate led to mass unemployment.

Omokhuale, however, lauded governors Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo and Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state for improving the level of infrastructure in their areas.

He said that they stood out because of the deliberate attempts they made to change the situation in their states. The CLO chairman, however, decried incidents of multiple and uneven taxation, which he claimed, prevailed in Lagos and Edo states. (NAN)

"This multiple taxation has driven many Nigerians and some companies in these states to neighbouring countries," he said. He advised Nigerian leaders at all levels to use the nation's resources judiciously and not for selfish ends. (NAN)

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