25 February 2016, Enugu —Residents and motorists in Enugu State are wearing long faces occasioned by the acute scarcity of petrol which has drastically affected prices of staple food items sold across markets in the state.
At filling stations located on Ogui Road, New Haven axis of Enugu metropolis, motorists purchased petrol at N120 per litre against the government approved price of N86.50 per litre.
Major filling stations operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, located on Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway witnessed long queues, as motorists slept at the filling station in a desperate bid to buy at the N86.50.
A bag of sachet water which sold N80 now sells for N150 even as transport fares have had a marginal forty percent increase. Mr. Johnson Chukwuobasi, a motorist, regretted that the fuel scarcity had defied all known solutions adopted by the Federal Government to mitigate its effect.
“Since the advent of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led administration at the centre, this situation has gone on unabated. We are buffeted with promisses that the situation will ease but rather, it has worsened till this very week. The last time we experienced this type of acute fuel shortage was during the military era.
“The prevailing situation has increased transport fares, food items, cost of services among others. Is this what we will experience for four years?
“To make matters worse, the roads in the South-East, now death-traps, are not getting any attention from the Federal Government. This scarcity is at the very heart of our day-to-day activities. From all indications, it appears the government is overwhelmed by the challenge.”