Kerosene, a colourless liquid made from petroleum is commonly used in various homes for illumination of lamps and some cooking stoves. Before now major independent marketers sold the product for between one hundred and fifty naira and two hundred and twenty naira.
But some weeks ago, the price rose to as much as three hundred and fifty naira and five hundred naira. This led to hoarding and long queues in filling stations.
When Radio Nigeria visited two filling stations along Onitsha Road, GRA Enugu, it found that a litre of kerosene was sold between two hundred and eighty naira and two hundred and ninety naira.
However along Zik Avenue,Uwani the product goes for between two hundred and fifty naira and three hundred naira.
A resident seen buying the kerosene in one of the filling stations in the metropolis, Mr. Oliver Ike shared his view on the development.
“When I priced it at Ninth Mile, they were selling at the rate of ₦350.00 but here in Enugu town I bought it at the rate of ₦290.00”.
Another buyer, Miss Chika Egbo said there was a slight reduction in the price of the product from what it was sold last week.
“It was sold ₦300.00 last week, but is today is now ₦280.00.At least it has reduced with ₦20.00”.
Meanwhile, at Abakpa in Enugu East local Government area, Kerosene sells for three hundred naira.
A Pump attendant, Mr. Emeka Onurchi gave reasons for the variation while an Assistant Manager in one of the filling stations visited, Mr. Chukwuebuka Nnoli blamed the recent hike on scarcity of the product.
“Now we are selling ₦250.00 pending the price that we bought it’’.
“Even some sold ₦500.00 per litre because the product wasn’t available’’.
In a reaction, the Manager Operations, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Enugu, Mr. Ahmed Gwaram emphasized that government never increased the price of kerosene or other petroleum products.
“Government have not increased any petroleum product price, be it DPK that is kerosene, PMS that is petrol, or AGO that is Diesel. The official pump price for DPK IS ₦80.00.’’
Mr. Gwaram warned that the DPR would not hesitate to deal with anyone caught increasing the price of the product illegally.
BY UJU UMUNNA.