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SERAP condemns arbitrary increase in electricity and fuel rates

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The Socioeconomic Rights and Responsibility Project (SERAP) has condemned “the clearly unfair and arbitrary increase in electricity rates and the price of fuel by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This is unfair to many people living in extreme poverty and totally incompatible with the Nigerian Constitution of 1999. [as amended] and the country’s international human rights obligations “.

Kolawole Oluwadare, deputy director of SERAP, said in a statement today: “The rise will endanger lives and increase inequality and poverty exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. SERAP will challenge this farce in court if the Federal Government does not immediately abandon these regressive measures against the Nigerian people. “

“Specifically, the increase in the electricity tariff and the price of fuel clearly violates Nigeria’s obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which the country is a State party, not to take ‘deliberately regressive measures. ‘unless there are no alternative options and all necessary care has been given to ensure that the measures are necessary and proportionate. “

“SERAP urges President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately abandon the wrong rise and establish an independent impact assessment of the increases in the poorest segments of society, and identify alternative measures, such as cutting false assignments of people in the Presidency and the members of the National Assembly. “

“The rise lacks compassion as it will hit the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians the hardest, increasing levels of inequality in an already highly unequal Nigeria. It definitely indicates that socioeconomic rights are a very low priority for this government. “

“President Buhari should reconsider these arbitrary measures and place human rights at the center of his government’s policies.”

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