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Fuel Price Increase NURTW chairman urges drivers to be patient

"I am appealing to all our drivers to be patient and be calm; though we don't really understand the policy yet but I am sure with time, it will be in the best interest of the country,’’ he said.

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Fuel increase: NURTW chairman urges drivers to be patient

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The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Jigawa, Alhaji Hussaini Umar, has appealed to commercial drivers to be patient over the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.

Umar made the appeal in Dutse on Thursday while reacting to the hike in price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol announced by government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Ibe kachukwu, on Wednesday announced the new pump price of N145 per litre.

The product had earlier sold for N86.50 per litre.

He explained that the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari was sincere and meant well for the people of the country, hence they must support him to succeed.

The chairman said that though they were not happy with the increment, but believed that the President would not introduce any policy to inflict hardship on Nigerians.

"I am appealing to all our drivers to be patient and be calm; though we don't really understand the policy yet but I am sure with time, it will be in the best interest of the country,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, residents of Dutse have expressed mixed feelings over the removal of the subsidy.

Malam Dahiru Suleiman, a motorist said that the subsidy was removed at a wrong time when the economy of the country was at a stand still.

Suleiman said that with high inflation on essential commodities in the market, the development would further impoverish the citizenry.

Alhaji Ismail Onotu, a Federal Government worker commended the government for the bold step in deregulating oil sector.

Onotu however urged government to increase salaries of workers immediately to cushion the effect of the price increase on PMS. 

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