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Nigerians groan as cooking gas price soars

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Nigeria’s 63rd independence anniversary came with an unexpected increase in the price of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), commonly known as cooking gas. The price of this essential commodity has been fluctuating for the past few months, causing distress for Nigerians. A 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas, which previously sold for around N9,000 to N10,000 in Lagos at the end of September, suddenly surged to N12,500 at the start of October.

This price hike has raised concerns among Nigerians, especially considering earlier warnings from the President of the Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers that the price of a 12.5kg cylinder of cooking gas could reach as high as N18,000 by December if the government doesn’t intervene to regulate the activities of terminal owners.

The rise in the cost of cooking gas has the potential to impact the environment as well. Some fear that when people can no longer afford cooking gas, they might resort to using firewood, which could lead to deforestation and harm wildlife in the process. Additionally, many people attribute the increase in cooking gas prices to the removal of fuel subsidies, which has led to higher prices for various goods, including cooking gas.

Experts have identified several contributing factors to the surge in cooking gas prices. One of these is the government’s inability to establish a sustainable policy for the country’s gas system, especially LPG. The lack of infrastructure and capacity in the gas sector also plays a role in this issue. Moreover, the devaluation of the naira and the inability of suppliers, such as the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), to meet local demand are contemporary factors affecting gas prices.

While the government has been urged to address this problem urgently, the rising cost of cooking gas may force people to use firewood or charcoal, which could have adverse environmental consequences, including deforestation and habitat destruction for wildlife.

Additionally, Nigerians are using cooking gas as an alternative to fuel for generators following the removal of fuel subsidies. This increased demand for cooking gas is further driving up its price. Unless the government takes prompt action to control these escalating costs, there is concern that it may lead to public discontent and environmental degradation.

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PHOTO: Gov Makinde Host Nigeria Police Games

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1: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) and Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

2: From left, Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barr Bayo Lawal; Governor Seyi Makinde; Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun and his wife Elizabeth, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

3: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) take a salute from the Police Mascots, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

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Economic crisis: Find more ways to improve your IGR – President Tinubu to universities

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The Nigerian government has called upon universities in the country to broaden their sources of funding amidst economic challenges. President Bola Ahmad Tinubu made this assertion during the 6th & 7th combined convocation ceremony of Federal University, Dutse, which took place on Saturday.

Speaking through Professor Kabir Bala, the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who represented him at the event, President Tinubu stressed the government’s dedication to facilitating a conducive environment for universities despite resource limitations.

He urged universities to actively explore alternative funding channels, underlining the significance of self-reliance in the prevailing economic circumstances. The President also encouraged universities to seek international funding opportunities for research, advocating for collaborations and the attraction of funds from global sources.

President Tinubu emphasized that government alone cannot shoulder the financial burden of universities, particularly amid economic challenges and competing demands from various sectors. Nonetheless, he reiterated the administration’s commitment to providing the necessary support within the available resources to ensure universities function as pillars of educational advancement and national development.

He further urged universities to pursue innovative strategies for generating revenue and to tap into international research funding opportunities. He assured that his administration remains dedicated to supporting universities in achieving their objectives as outlined in the Renewed Hope Agenda.

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Contempt threat against NLC, TUC leaders over public protest uncalled for – Femi Falana replies FG

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Human rights advocate and constitutional lawyer, Femi Falana, has clarified that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have every right to organize the nationwide public protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, asserting that it does not constitute contempt of court.

As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Falana emphasized that Nigerian workers are entitled to freedom of assembly and expression as enshrined in the country’s Constitution. He urged the federal government, in a strongly worded letter to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, to ensure maximum security for the workers and to participate in the protest.

In response to the AGF’s threat of contempt charges against the NLC and TUC leaders, Falana’s letter dated February 24 countered the threat, arguing that it lacked legal basis.

Falana pointed out the history of negotiations between the government and the labor unions following the removal of fuel subsidy in 2023, which resulted in court orders restraining the unions from striking. Despite compliance with these orders, the unions challenged them, and the contempt proceedings initiated by the government were subsequently withdrawn.

He highlighted subsequent legal actions initiated by the government against the unions, noting that these actions were contested by the unions on grounds of abuse of court process and lack of jurisdiction. Falana emphasized that since the contempt proceedings were withdrawn, there is no basis for the government’s threat of contempt charges regarding the planned protest.

He cited legal precedents affirming citizens’ rights to protest on matters of public interest without the need for police permits, emphasizing the democratic importance of freedom of speech and assembly.

Falana urged the government to respect these fundamental rights and directed the Inspector-General of Police to provide adequate security for the protesters in accordance with the Police Establishment Act.

In conclusion, he called on the government to reconsider its stance and assured that the protests would be conducted peacefully.

The federal government had previously warned of invoking relevant laws to charge the NLC leadership with contempt if the protest proceeds, citing it as a breach of agreement and a challenge to the court’s authority. The AGF, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, conveyed this warning in a letter to Falana, urging the NLC to abandon the protest to avoid violating the court’s order.

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