SERAP sues FG, NASS over hike in electricity and fuel price

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and 302 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly, asking the court to declare as unconstitutional recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

According to SERAP the suit is because top-level public officers cannot continue to receive the same salaries and allowances and spend public money to finance a life of luxury for themselves while asking poor Nigerians to make sacrifices.

 

Joined in the suit as Defendants are the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

 

 

In a suit number filed last week at the Federal High Court, Abuja, SERAP is seeking an order directing and compelling the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission to cut the salaries, allowances and other emoluments payable to President Buhari, Professor Osinbajo the leaders of the National Assembly in line with the current economic realities, and principles of justice, fairness, equality and non-discrimination.

 

SERAP is arguing that the Constitution of Nigeria makes it clear that the authorities should harness Nigeria’s resources to promote and ensure the maximum welfare, prosperity, freedom and happiness of every citizen on the basis of social justice and equality.

 

According to SERAP Increasing electricity tariff and fuel price in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is antithetical to the public interest, the common good, and a fundamental breach of constitutional oath of office.

 

No date has been fixed for hearing.

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