HIKE IN TRANSPORT FARE IN EBONYI STATE: Petrol Price on the Increase

The price of Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol has skyrocketed in Ebonyi State with a litre of the product selling between One Hundred and Ninety Naira and Two Hundred and Fifty Naira.

The situation has resulted in sharp hike in transport fare.

A visit to some filling stations in Abakaliki, shows that many of them do not have petrol while those who have the product are selling  at exorbitant prices.

One strange thing about the development is that pump price is adjusted at will with two motorists on the same queue likely to buy the product at different cost depending on the mood of the dealer.

A commercial bus driver, Mr. Godslove Eze explained that the situation had affected his business negatively as the increase in transport fare was not commensurate with the steady rise in the cost of petrol.

Radio Nigeria also visited NNPC Mega Station located at Abakaliki- Enugu Expressway where it was observed that the product was available and being sold at government approved price.

However, motorists had to wait for hours in long queues to purchase the product.

The development has negatively affected transport fare with most Transport Companies adding two to three hundred Naira to the fare paid for a trip outside Abakaliki.

Tricycle and commercial motor cycle operators were not left out, as they also doubled the fare they collect from their passengers.

AMECHI ODO

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