ActionAid Nigeria has condemned the sudden hike in electricity tariff and fuel pump price in Nigeria, citing that the hikes are not only ill-timed but also counterproductive.
The organisation submitted at its 42nd meeting held virtually to review the State of the Nation, that the privatization of the electricity sub-sector seven years down the line, has not yielded the anticipated positive results.
ActionAid Nigeria also noted the lack of proper accountability mechanism on the part of the government, citing that the EndSARS protests are product of lack of responsiveness of government over the years that metamorphosed into a force associated with harassment of innocent citizens, extortion at gunpoint, and extra-judicial killings of suspects, innocent Nigerians, and foreigners.
It added that the Federal government and ASUU’s prolonged failure to reach a mutual agreement invariably strengthens the decay in education to the disadvantage of the entire country.
It also raised concerns about the country’s limited testing capacity for COVID-19 and the increase in the cases of rape and other forms of Sexual Gender-Based Violence since the COVID-19 lockdown and the cases of attacks in the Northeast.