14 January 2016, Enugu—Commercial activities in Enugu metropolis and beyond, yesterday, were grounded as petrol filling stations closed shops following enforcement measures by the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, of Federal Government’s approved pump price of N86.50 per litre of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol.
All independent and major marketers closed shops between 8a.m., till noon to protest DPR’s enforcement stance.
Vanguard checks showed that commuters and motorists were stranded, forcing many to trek long distances while few vehicles plied the road.
At the Onu Asata axis of the metropolis, black marketers had a field day as they sold at N300 per litre even as motorists fell over themselves to buy to refill their vehicles that ran out of petrol on the roads.
When contacted, Head, Office of Senior Special Adviser to the Governor, Inter Ministerial Affairs, Monitoring Unit, Mr. Okenwa Anthony, said that the fillings stations were shut following DPR’s resolve to enforce the new price regime of N86.50.
“They shut the filling stations to resist DPR’s enforcement drive,” Okenwa regretted.