Fuel Price Hike – Nigerian students show support for Buhari

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The National Association of Nigerian Students,
NANS, has expressed its solidarity and support
for the Federal Government adding that the
Nigerian economy can no longer bear the burden
of the fuel subsidy.
Speaking in Abuja, resident of NANS, Comrade
Tijani Shehu, also added that the association has
reached an agreement with the Federal
Government as concerning palliatives for
students.
He said, “ NANS recognizes that Nigeria is faced
with the crisis of deciding its future from present
realities of economic challenges, and this justifies
the reasons for the agitation for reversal of the
pump price of N86.50 by some members of the
public.
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“ NANS recognizes that the economy is sinking;
however, we blame the government for allowing the
situation to generate to position where Labour
Unions will find it difficult to appreciate,
accommodate policies and be on the same page
with them. ”
He maintained that there is no justification for
the Federal Government to continue subsidizing
imported petroleum products, adding that the
removal of subsidy would guarantee availability
of petrol across the country.
“ We are worried that the Federal Government,
instead of completely deregulating the importation
of petrol is still controlling the business through
issuing of licenses, and there is no assurance that
the modular refineries will be operational before
24v month ,” he noted.
He argued that the defense of the Federal
Government on the diversion of petrol to
neighbouring countries was an indictment on the
security apparatus of the Buhari-led government.
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He said, “Understanding was also reached that
government should provide buses to tertiary
institutions of higher learning, two per institution,
to ease transportation on campuses as well as
distribution of gas cylinders to all Nigerian
students.
“It was also agreed that government should engage
students across the four zones of NANS in a town
hall meeting to enlighten students on the policy;
provide immediate employment to graduates;
establish an independent service monitoring group
to monitor the current price of N145 per litre and
also establish a students’ trust fund .”
On Thursday, May 12, the association revealed
plans to protest the fuel price increase »
but evidently, their plans have changes.

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