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Stakeholders protest planned fuel subsidy removal in Abeokuta

BY DAUD OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA – Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital Wednesday stood still, as members of Civil rights bodies, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, staged a peaceful protest against the planned removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.

Numbering about 200, the protesters walked round the major streets in Abeokuta, condemning the proposed removal of the subsidy and as well sensitised members of the public on what they described as insensitivity on the part of government over the issue.

The protest which commenced around 9.30 am at the NLC secretariat, GRA, Ibara from where they moved round the streets of the ancient city and later went to Oke-Mosan where they planned to deliver a letter to the President through the governor.

It would be recalled that the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun on Tuesday during the presentation of 2012 budget to the state House of Assembly, had informed the people of the state that, the subsidy was going to be removed next year.

Addressing journalists on the motives behind the peaceful protest, the chairman of NLC in the state, Hakeem Ambali stated that it was to sensitize the good people of the state on the plan by government to compound the suffering of an average Nigerians through removal of fuel subsidy.

The protesters who moved to the State House of Assembly complex and were addressed by the Speaker of the House, Surajudeen Adekunmbi, who assured them that, their complaints would be taken into consideration.


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