Residents of Ondo State have expressed dismay over the sudden increment in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly known as petroleum, by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, from N185 to N500 per liter.
According to the residents, NNPCL goofed over the increment as there was no measure put in place by the federal government to cushion the impact of the removal of fuel subsidy.
Some of the residents fumed when they heard the news of the increment while on queue to purchase the product at the NNPCL outlet at Shagari junction axis of Akure, the state capital.
While effecting the change of the new price on their display board, some motorists, in annoyance, left the filling station, describing it as insensitive on the part of the government and adding that they could not afford the amount due to the economic situation of the country.
Baring his mind on the situation, a motorist, Biodun Adubiaro, lashed out at the government as he said that the increment ought not to be the first gift Nigeria will receive from the new administration of President Bola Tinubu.
Adubiaro said no one seems to be prepared for the new regime of subsidy removal, as everyone had been waiting for the government’s plan to ease the effect of the removal of subsidies.
“This decision must be reviewed and even reversed. How will you just increase the price of gasoline when we were even still anticipating that there is still a month gap for it to take effect?
“What we were told was that the subsidy would end by the end of June, so why the haste to remove it now?” Governance is not just dishing out policies; the first thing is, “What are the measures put in place for the citizens?”
Another motorist, Yetunde Tijani, stated that proper arrangements should have been made before effecting the total removal of subsidies.