Petrol/Electricity Tariff Hike: Be patient with Buhari, Minister begs Nigerians

Petrol/Electricity Tariff Hike: Be patient with Buhari, Minister begs Nigerians

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with the President Muhamadu Buhari-led administration over the current hardship in the country.

The Minister made this appeal during a meeting with online publishers on Saturday.

This is coming against the backdrop of the recent hike in petrol prices and electricity tariff.

Mohammed expressed optimism about the future, saying better days are ahead.

At the meeting, the Minister pointed out that the simultaneous increase in both the pump price of fuel and electricity tariff was “a mere coincidence.”

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He also stated that Nigerians are enjoying the cheapest fuel prices and electricity tariff in comparison to other countries in West and Central Africa.

Calling for patience from Nigerians, the Minister expressed that the effect of the changes in the international prices of crude oil on local fuel prices will not last forever.

Speaking on the increased electricity tariff, the Minister stated that the government has noted the complaints about arbitrary estimated billing and that a mass metering program is being undertaken to provide meters for over five million Nigerians, largely driven by preferred procurement from local manufacturers, and creating thousands of jobs in the process.

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