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Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the national president of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday, May 17 mobilized members of the union for strike and mass action to force the federal government to revert the pump price of petrol back to N86 per litre.
According to The Nation, the strike is expected to commence from Wednesday, May 18.

In a letter to ASUU members nationwide and titled: “Increase in pump price of Premium Motor Spirit to N145 per litre: Proposal for Joint Action with NLC,” the ASUU president said members are urged to fully respect Article 2 of ASUU Constitution which required them to work for the protection and advancement of the socio-economic interests of the nation.

“Branch chairpersons are to conduct emergency congress meetings on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 to mobilise our members for the action commencing on Wednesday. All branches of ASUU nationwide are to comply,” the letter added.

Dr. Deji Omole, the chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, who read the letter to union members at the institution, said the chapter was ready for mass resistance to what he described as “obnoxious and callous policy of fuel price increment.”
Omole said the subsidy removal was the most criminal ambush by federal government to empower the rich and cripple the poor.

Just recently, the Vice president Yemi Osinbajo explained the difficult decision announced last week by the federal government to increase the price of fuel. Prof. Osinbajo said the president simply had no other option.
Although the President did not want the fuel price to go up, the vice president said “he is left with no choice. What can we do if we don’t have foreign currency, we have to import fuel.”

While observing the petroleum products are being imported today into the country, he asserted that even “if we repair our refineries today, we would still be able to refine 40% of our petroleum, so we still need to import.”
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