Igwe Chijioke Nwankwo, the traditional ruler of Nawfia in Njikoka Local Government, Anambra State, has described the new increase in fuel price as a painful but needful decision.
According to the Monarch, if the new price of N145 was allowed, though it might take time, it will eventually benefit the people of the country. He therefore encouraged Nigerians, especially the working class ones to start using bicycles to work and adapt to the new lifestyle now.
“I don’t know what the cost of petrol pump price is in all the countries of the world, but in some areas, I have visited, especially in Europe and America, Nigeria enjoys the cheapest petrol pump price regime.
“In such areas, you would see people ride bicycles to go to work because the cost of transportation is high because of high cost of petrol. Nigerians should be encouraged to start riding bicycles and bicycle allowances should be reintroduced, particularly for civil servants,” he said.
He however said, he is sure the NLC wouldn’t have planned the strike they are about to embark on, if the Federal Government had taken time to educate Nigerians on the benefits of the increase, but sadly they distanced themselves from citizens.