The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has raised alarm and expressed concern over the recent increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol.
The union, in a media release issued on Tuesday, highlighted the impact of this development on transportation costs and the soaring prices of food items, which have become increasingly unaffordable for many citizens.
The pump price of PMS was announced to be N617 per litre in Abuja and N568 per litre in Lagos.
According to the release signed by the National Secretary of the Union, Shuaibu Usman Leman, “the NUJ acknowledged the decision to remove costly fuel subsidies but cautioned against the hasty implementation of the policy without adequate measures in place to alleviate the effects on the general population.
“The union noted that the sudden surge in petrol prices has led to significant difficulties in commuting to work or conducting other daily activities.
“Many citizens are experiencing increased stress and financial strain due to the rapid escalation of transportation costs. Additionally, those reliant on generators for power in their homes are also facing considerable challenges.
The NUJ emphasized that the decision to increase fuel prices was seen as excessive and called for an immediate reversal of the decision. They urged authorities to consider and implement appropriate measures that would alleviate the burdens faced by ordinary Nigerians.
“We believe that this sudden decision is an overkill, and we urge that the situation should be reversed immediately while adequate measures are considered and put in place to lessen the effects on ordinary Nigerians.”
The NUJ’s media release highlights the concerns shared by journalists and underscores the need for a comprehensive approach to address the impact of the fuel price increase.
The union, however, called for immediate action to alleviate the financial strain on citizens and ensure the well-being of the Nigerian population.