INCREASE IN PRICE OF PETROL IN ENUGU BITS HARDER ON RESIDENTS
Scarcity of premium motor spirit, PMS also known as petrol in the country during Christmas and New Year festivals appears to have become a challenge associated with the period.
In most of the filling stations visited inEnugu Metropolis, marketers were either selling petrol at the official pump price of one hundred and forty-five naira per litre or not selling at all.
Two motorists interviewed in some of the filling stations, Mr. Reginald Amulu and Mr. OgbonnaAgbo said the increase in price of petrol and its unavailability in some of the selling points were biting hard on everyone that had need for travelling from one location to another during the yuletide.
A driver of an intra-city commercial bus, Mr. Sylvester Igbokwe said he had no option than to increase the fare to make up the extra cost of buying the petrol.
Reacting to the issue, a member of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association, IPMAN, Mr. EmekaOnyima attributed the scarcity of petro l to increase in the demand for the product by consumers.
When contacted the Operational Manager, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Enugu office, Alhaji Ahmed Gwaram said that some stringent measures had been put in place to identify and sanction offenders.
The sanctions includes, auctioning or dispensing of the product free of charge to consumers and also shutting down the filling station for a period of six months.
Also in an interview, the Controller, DPR, Enugu Office, Mr. OkechukwuOkoro stated that there was enough petrol to serve consumers till early next year.
Mr. Okoro appealed to them to report any anomaly to the DPR office.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, some filling stations in Enugu metropolis were still selling the product at one hundred and sixty-eight naira and one hundred and seventy naira per litre.