Education

June 12, 2024

Be transparent on fuel subsidy claims — NANS tells FG

NANS

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the Federal Government and the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to be transparent regarding fuel subsidy claims.

Previously, the Tinubu-led government had maintained that it would no longer subsidise fuel costs.

In December, the government said contrary to the claim by the World Bank that the government is still paying subsidy on petrol, the era of petrol subsidy is “gone for good”.

Briefing newsmen Wednesday in Abuja, NANS President, Pedro Obi, said: “during the inauguration ceremony of our President, H.E. Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR, a significant and bold announcement was made regarding the removal of fuel subsidies.

“This decision caused widespread concern across the nation’s energy sector, leading to a dramatic increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), with some areas experiencing prices exceeding 800 Naira per liter.

“We are now left confused about the current status of fuel subsidies. Is the subsidy back through the back door? If so, why are fuel prices still beyond the reach of ordinary Nigerians? In light of these concerns.”

NANS, therefore, called for clarification on fuel subsidies.

“NANS calls on the Federal Government and the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to provide transparency regarding the fuel subsidy claims. Specifically, how much is being paid and to whom? Failure to do this, will leave us with no option but to call on Nigerian Students to take to the streets to demand answers.

“Addressing Hunger and Inflation: NANS urges the Federal Government to take immediate action to combat the rising tide of hunger in the country as we grapple with ongoing inflation,” Obi said.

NANS also demanded that the government urgently intervene to secure campuses nationwide.