Nigerians have expressed dissatisfaction over the purported increase in the pump price of premium motor spirit also known as petrol by the Federal Government to N212.61 per litre.
Many of them took to social media to lament the effects that the increase would have on food prices and transportation in the country.
According to the template which the PPPRA released midnight, petrol is expected to sell at a lower retail price of N209.61 and at an upper retail price of N212.61. Nigerian marketers usually use the upper band for pump price.
Many Nigerians also doubted the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation insistence that there won’t be any hike in petrol price in March.
One of them, Stanley KC @Le_CaptAwesome, said, “Transport fare will go up, food Prices will go up. The cost of living, in general, will increase. Guess what will stay the same? Minimum wage and Salaries.”
Another Nigerian, @DrOlufunmilayo described Nigeria as a “jungle”, lamenting that “when this unfortunate government came in, petrol price was 87/litre.”
Lola Okunrin urged Nigerians to stage a protest against the increases, noting that “Youths, elders, male, female, employed, unemployed, entrepreneurs. Whatever you are in Nigeria, this N212 for fuel affects us all. Let come out like it’s pre-planned, let’s occupy Ojota, let’s occupy Iwo Road, Let’s occupy Benin, let’s occupy NIGERIA. Say NO to #FuelPriceHike.”
“Nigerians struggling to afford basic necessities like food, shelter (that comes with absurd electricity bills). How does the Government respond? Increase in fuel price!” @MorrisBaker_ tweeted with an angry emoji.
“Yet, the average Nigerian’s earning has not increased. How exactly do we want to bring people out of poverty?”
@iam_tandyboy wondered why “the APC government decided to increase fuel price again to N212 per litre not minding how the citizens have been suffering.”
@A_MLenin also tweeted, “Those who will benefit from this increment are those who have been benefiting from previous increments. Poor Nigerians will have their lives made harder while the rich class continue to smile in abundance. No to fuel price increment! End capitalism now!”