Fuel scarcity bites hard in Owerri, residents lament

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Long queues at several filling stations in the heartland of Owerri, Imo State capital on Saturday.

This is as some filling stations were selling petrol between to N300 per litre..

OMADAILY correspondent who many petrol stations in the town, observed that they were under lock and key.

A trip from Akwakuma to Ware House junction, which usually costs N50, now goes for N150, while World Bank to Control junction that usually costs N50 now goes for N150.

A motorist, Emaka Opara, lamented the situation and urged government to a lasting solution to the problem of fuel scarcity.

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“The government should find a lasting solution to this particular issue because we can’t keep on going this way every time,’’ she said.

At the filling station at Onitsha Road and few others, motorists queued to buy fuel.

The scarcity has caused untold hardship to residents of the state.

The same scenario played out at Amakohia area as most petrol stations were closed and the few were selling as high as N300 per litre.

One of the salesmen at the filling station Egbu road explained that some of the filling stations had the product but have been instructed not to .

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“Though some of us do not have, others prefer to sell to marketers since they would make more profit,” he said.

Recall that filling Stations operating in Owerri, had earlier shut down their businesses to protest the refusal of payment of compensation to one of their members whose filling station was by former Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration.

Their action was based on a court judgment they obtained that the state government should pay compensation to their member. But the state government said it has appealed the judgement


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