REPORTER: UCHE NDEKE
A liter of petrol now sells between #500 and #600 in filling stations and #900 in black market in Awka, the Anambra State capital and environs.
Shortly after President Bola Tinubu reiterated that “petrol subsidy is gone” as it was not captured in the 2023 Budget, many residents of Anambra State started rushing to filling stations to fill their tanks as the pump price immediately increased from #210 to #240 in the evening of the inauguration.
Going round the capital city, Radio Nigeria observed that almost all the petrol stationsm including the NNPC mega station were under lock.
However at Aroma Junction axis, the only filling station that opened to business, dispensed at #400 per liter.
It attracted many motorists and black marketers, who thronged the place with their Jerry canes shortly before the marketer shut down.
Transportation fare has also been affected by the development as all the routes now has an increase of between 50% and 100%.
A civil servant, Mrs. Stella Okoye, decried the development, pleading with the new administration to urgently look into the matter by reviewing upwards salaries of government workers to reduce the hardship.
Another respondent, Mr. Mike Okotie, described the situation as act of sabotage on the part of the petrol marketers, who were yet to buy new products, but were already selling at a high cost.
According to Mr. Okotie, President Tinubu only announced what was on ground already but the petroleum marketers turned it to look as if the removal of subsidy was done during the inauguration.
The people therefore called on the new government to come to the aid of the poor masses by taking drastic and urgent measures to address the recent development.
Meanwhile, some residents of Awka had applauded the removal of subsidy but called for proper channelling of the funds to sectors that would impact possitively on the lives of the people.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU