The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Saturday, said it will resist any attempt to increase the pump price of petrol.

Tokunbo Korodo, South-West Chairman of NUPENG, said this in Lagos while reacting to the proposed N5 petrol levy by the Senate.

Mr. Korodo, who described the proposal as a huge joke, noted that it was also ill- timed.

He wondered how the nation’s Upper Chamber could think of another fuel price increase when Nigerians were “striving to cope with the current harsh economic realities”.

“How can the Senate propose such a bill at this particular period when poor Nigerians can hardly feed themselves?

“The prices of foodstuffs have tripled in the market , while workers’ salary has not been increased,” Mr. Korodo said.

Earlier in the week, Kabiru Gaya (APC- Kano ), Chairman Senate Committee on Works, had on June 1 presented a bill entitled “National Roads Bill” to the House.

The bill recommends that importers should pay N5 levy on every litre of imported petroleum products and that the levy will form part of the proposed national roads fund.