Fuel scarcity hinders economic activities in Onitsha

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Fuel scarcity hinders economic activities in Onitsha

Fuel scarcity hinders economic activities in Onitsha

The recent scarcity of petrol has continued to hinder economic activities in Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra.

However, some filing stations now dispense the product at N800, N820 and N850 per litre, while some of the stations remained shut.

The state Commissioner for Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Mr Anthony Ifeanya, hinted on Saturday that the state government had resolved to check the trend.

According to him, filing stations that tampered with their dispensing meters are being monitored by the state government.

Some residents of the state told NAN in separate interviews on Tuesday in Onitsha that petrol scarcity had, no doubt, affected their daily businesses and caused them untold hardship.

A trader, Mr Kenneth Nwanbunwanne, said that the recent fuel scarcity was affecting the people negatively.

According to him, the people of the area are now paying N200 for a journey that was supposed to cost N150 and N300 for a trip that they are supposed to pay N200 if not for the scarcity.

He said, “My major concern is that, the price of petrol is not stable; you get it at prices that are always high. Again what is causing the scarcity is not known to the masses.

“We are not even sure of when it will end, government needs to do something urgent to end this current situation. The poor masses are suffering, we now pay N300 for a journey of N200.

“Situations like this, create room for owners of filling stations to acquire wealth at expense of the masses, situations like this, also create room for more hardship, as fuel products are often, not available to all.”

A commercial bus driver, Joe Uche, who plies Nkpor Old Road, to the popular Upper Iweka, said that the current fuel scarcity observed in the state has caused low patronage in their daily business.

“Overtime, scarcity like this will create room for adulterated fuel that is capable of causing damage to one’s car if you are unlucky to purchase such.

Miss Esther Chukwunoso, who hawks goods, also lamented that most filing stations were no longer dispensing Petroleum products due to the scarcity.

She said the development had impacted negatively on her business.

An advisory by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), had cautioned Nigerians against panic buying of petrol, saying there had enough supply for the country.