Senator Gershom Bassey, the lawmaker representing Cross River South Senatorial District, has urged the state governors to consider their stance on the increase in the pump price of the Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol or fuel.
Bassey made the plea in an interview in Abuja over the weekend.
A committee set up by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) on subsidy and petrol price led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State had on 19 May recommended that subsidy on petrol should be totally removed and that the commodity be sold between N380 per litre and N408.5 per litre.
But reacting, Bassey, who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, warned that Nigerians may not be able to afford the commodity at the new cost, noting that the economy has not provided many citizens with enough disposable income.
He noted that even though the realities in the global oil market suggests that an increment in the pump price may be necessitated, such action should be done with a “human face”.
“There are some realities in the petroleum industry which the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has been talking about for some time now,” the senator told the Punch.
“I think that whatever those realities are, anything that has to do with the price of the petroleum products must be fixed with a human face.
“Here, we have a country where the quality of the value of the naira is going down. The disposable income of all Nigerians is nothing to write home about, yet you are talking about increasing the prices of fuel. I think the governors should approach the issue with a human face.”