Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned the recent hikes in fuel prices by the federal government.

According to them, the move is unfair to people living in poverty and against the Nigerian 1992 constitution (amended).

Deputy Director of SERAP Kolawole Oluwadare, in a statement, says the hikes in the prices of fuel will increase disparity and poverty due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. He says they are calling on the government to as a matter of urgency stop the increase in the prices of fuel.

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Kolawole also mentioned that “Specifically, the increase in electricity tariff and fuel price clearly violates Nigeria’s obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which the country is a state party, not to take ‘deliberately retrogressive measures’ unless there are no alternative options and full consideration has been given to ensure that the measures are necessary and proportionate.”

SERAP further urged President Buhari to immediately drop the hikes and institute an autonomous impact assessment of the increase in poor areas of society.

“SERAP urges President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately drop the misguided hike, and to establish independent impact assessment of the increases on the poorest segments of society, and to identify alternative measures, such as cutting the bogus allowances of people in the Presidency and members of the National Assembly,” he said.

 

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