Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Environmental Activist Nnimmo Bassey Leads 'Occupy Nigeria ' Protest In Benin City Over Gasoline Subsidy
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), and its chair, Nnimmo Bassey, in solidarity with civil society groups under the aegis of Coalition to Save Nigeria, staged a public protest through Benin city in a show of opposition to the removal of the petrol subsidy by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The coalition of civil society groups in Edo State includes the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA),Bike Riders Association of Nigeria, market women and students among others.
“For ERA/FoEN, the decision to remove the so-called subsidy is totally objectionable and smacks of insensitivity to the genuine wishes of the Nigerian people which is that government must make the refineries work and probe the cabal that they say exists in the petroleum sector,” the group stated in a press release.
Bassey challenged the notion of subsidy, pointing out,"it is the community people living side-by-side the oil fields and the Nigerian environment that actually subsidizes the cost of crude and refined products."
He disputed the government’s claim that the central purse subsidizes the cost of petroleum products.
ERA/FoEN believes the policy will bring untold hardship on Nigerians, and demands an immediate reversal.