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Protest rocks Enugu over fuel scarcity, price hike 

Peeved by the galloping increment in the prices of petroleum products, especially PMS, otherwise called petrol, angry motorists Wednesday embarked on a protest and manhandled workers of most filling stations in Enugu, the Enugu state capital and ordered them to sell the products at government approved prices.

The protesters demonstrated along some major roads, blocked some roads, forced both commercial and private motorists to join the protest in solidarity, a development that grounded vehicular and commercial activities for several hours in the metropolis.

The development forced owners of filling stations to close their facilities as the protesters threatened to burn down any station that refused to readjust their meters to the government approved prices.

The angry protesters forced commercial drivers to discharge their passengers, park their vehicles and join them to trek to different filling stations to warn petroleum sellers of the consequences of selling above the stipulated pump prices.

Before the protest, some filling stations were selling fuel between 400 and 450 naira per litre , a development that occasioned the protest.

A mini bus driver, Ikenna Okonkwo, who spoke to journalists, said that the protest was justifiable as they could no longer afford to fold their arms and watch people inflict untold hardship on them.

“Can you imagine that yesterday I bought fuel at 400 naira and today it has risen to 450 and who  knows if  it by tomorrow it would  not rise to 500 or 600 naira. The protest is in order so that they will know that we are no longer happy, government should do something about it,” he stated.

A car owner who spoke to journalists, Mr Nwaibgbo Okeke,  called on government to regulate the activities of petroleum  dealers, saying that  it was unfortunate that they have continued to carry out outrageous increase of fuel  pump price to the detriment of the masses.

However, the chairman of IPMAN, Enugu state, Chief Chinedu Anyaso said the scarcity and the hike in price was not their making but the hardship they undergo in procuring the products.



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