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Fuel Price Increase ‘Is Nonsense’, Says Tam David-West

Prof. Tam David West

You will recall that before the 2015 presidential election, Prof. Tam David-West made this statement, “I want to assure you that by the time BUHARI takes over, petrol will be dispensed at N40 per litre”. Now it seems the decision of the federal government to remove petroleum subsidies thereby increasing the pump price of a litre of fuel has not gone down well with Professor Tam David-West.

Former minister of petroleum and energy, professor Tam David-West, has dismissed as “nonsense”, government’s decision to increase the price of fuel.

According to The Sun, David-West insisted that petrol could be sold at N40 per litre.

He raised the alarm that hidden charges made the pump price of petrol to skyrocket, urging the gov¬ernment to assume responsibility for the charges, the report said.

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“When I heard the Minister of State for Petroleum (Ibe Kachikwu), saying they smuggled our petrol across borders and that was the reason for the in crease, it is nonsense. I used the word nonsense because during my time, we closed the borders. If I could do it, he could do it too; and it is the same head of state (Buhari), David-West was quoted as saying.

Reports on Saturday indicated that more unions had joined the ongoing nationwide strike declared by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to protest the increase in fuel prices.

The industrial action, which entered its third day on Friday, saw more banks, schools and government offices across the country being shut.

This was despite threats by the state government to dismiss any worker who participated in the action, the report said.

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