Heavy protest rocks Edo over fuel scarcity (Video)

Edo state residents have reportedly trooped out to register their displeasure over the rising pump price of fuel and other anti-people policies that have pushed more Nigerians into poverty.

The inhabitants made their grievances known in a protest that obstructed vehicular movements on Oba Ovonramwen square popularly called ring road and other adjoining roads in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The protesters based their anger on the supposedly indifferent attitudes displayed by Nigerian leaders, who they say have over the years subjected the masses to untold hardships.

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Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Omobude Agho, former coordinator general of Edo State Civil Society Organisation (EDOCSO), said the hike in fuel prices and scarcity of the products have heightened the sufferings of residents in the state.

Agho, who said the citizens of the country have been taken for granted and have been constantly meant to suffer hardship in the midst of abundance, noted that the protest would continue in the state until the price of fuel becomes affordable and the product available for the masses.

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“Fuel has become N700 and minimum wage is N30,000. Bag of rice is over N50,000 and the minimum wage is still N30,000,” he said.

“You cannot move from one point to another unless you are carrying a heavy budget and minimum wage remains the same, we think we can’t continue like this in this country and we are coming out to say Nigerians must take action.”

Henceforth, he said that the civil society organisations in the state will take the battle to those who are sabotaging the nation’s economy and creating hardships on citizenry.

“All our economic saboteurs, in high and low places, we will fight them. Before we say we will resist them but now, we will fight them. Anywhere you see black marketers, pursue them, and don’t pity them that they are poor. Anybody that is wicked, whether poor or rich, is wicked,” Agho said.

“Anywhere we catch a black marketer, we will seize the fuel, we will convert it and if you don’t have anything to do with the fuel, throw it away. So, when those at the black market don’t have the fuel, the filling stations will be forced to sell at the fixed price.

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“And the filling stations that are selling above the federal government’s agreed price, we will begin to picket them. We know them and we know where they are and we shall get them.”

President Buhari recently set up a 14-man committee that he would be heading to proffer solutions to the lingering fuel scarcity.

The scarcity of the product is currently causing untold hardship for Nigerians, but President Buhari had recently set up a 14-man committee that he would be heading to proffer solutions to the lingering fuel scarcity.

The committee according to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylvia, will be chaired by the President as the Minister of Petroleum Resources while he will be the alternate chairman.

The committee according to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylvia, will be chaired by the President as the Minister of Petroleum Resources while he will be the alternate chairman.

The committee’s job is to address the challenges in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, causing petrol scarcity in Nigeria.

It will also track petroleum products, especially petrol to ascertain daily national consumption and eliminate smuggling.

In October 2022, Sylva said Nigeria was losing at least 700,000 barrels of crude oil to thieves daily.

The minister said this through the Permanent Secretary in the petroleum resources ministry, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda, who represented him at the 2002 graduation of students of the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI).

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