Edo Fuel Protest: CSOs Join Protest against ₦500 per litre (Video)

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Petrol Shortage Sparks Protests In Edo, South-South Nigeria. 

On Monday, hundreds of protesters blocked roads in Benin City, the capital of Edo State in South-South Nigeria, in response to the prolonged fuel shortage and price increase.

 

A video of the protest that emerged online on Monday morning shows fires on the road with thick smoke billowing from the burning materials.

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A voiceover in the video stated, “This is occurring live in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, where a massive protest is occurring due to the fuel crisis. There are demonstrators blocking roads and setting fire to the roadblocks.”

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Earlier, Ejes Gist News reported that the price of premium motor spirit (PMS), also known as gasoline, had increased, with some gas stations charging as much as N500 per litre in Effurun, Delta State.

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Recent reports accuse the government of quietly increasing the price of the product from N165 per litre to N185 per litre. Previously, the official price was N165 per litre. Due to the product’s scarcity and rising demand, however, many gas stations have been charging between N400 and N500 per litre.

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Omobude Agho, former coordinator general of the Edo State Civil Society Organisation (EDOCSO), stated on behalf of the protesters that the increase in fuel prices and scarcity of the products have exacerbated the plight of state residents.

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Edo Fuel Protest

The protest will continue in the state until the price of fuel becomes affordable and the product is made available to the masses, according to Agho, who asserted that the country’s citizens have been taken for granted and forced to endure hardships despite the country’s abundance.

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“Fuel is now N700 per gallon, and the minimum wage is N30,000. “A bag of rice costs more than N50,000 while the minimum wage remains at N30,000,” he said.

“You cannot move from one location to another unless you are carrying a heavy budget, and the minimum wage has not changed. We believe we cannot continue like this in this country, and we are urging Nigerians to take action.”

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Henceforth, he stated, the state’s civil society organisations will engage those who are sabotaging the national economy and causing hardships for the populace.

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“We will fight all economic saboteurs, in high and low places. Previously, we stated that we would resist them, but now we will fight them. Wherever you encounter black marketers, pursue them without pity for their poverty. “Everyone who is wicked, regardless of wealth, is wicked,” said Agho.

“Wherever we capture a black marketer, we will seize the fuel, convert it, and if you have no use for the fuel, dispose of it. Therefore, when those on the lack fuel, petrol stations will be required to sell at a fixed price.

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More video on Edo Fuel Protest

 

Presently, the product’s scarcity is causing unimaginable hardship for Nigerians.

Ejes Gist News previously reported that President Buhari recently established a 14-member committee that he will lead to propose solutions to the persistent fuel shortage.

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According to Mr. Timipre Sylvia, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, the committee will be chaired by the President in his capacity as Minister of Petroleum Resources, while he will serve as the alternate chairman.

 

The committee’s mission is to address the issues plaguing the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, which have led to a gasoline shortage in Nigeria.

 

It will also monitor petroleum products, particularly petrol, to determine daily national consumption and eliminate smuggling.

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In October 2022, Sylva reported that thieves were stealing at least 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Nigeria.

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