Posted by News Express | 10 May 2020 | 675 times
Residents of Agbor in Delta State have cried out over the high price of petrol in the town, saying it has become increasingly difficult for them to cope with the current economic challenges.
Some of the residents who spoke to this reporter said the product now sells for between N130 and N170 per litre at most petrol stations. They have therefore appealed to the federal government to do something fast to check the situation.
Our investigation revealed that, at the black market, the product sells for N2,300 per 10 litre jerry can and motorists and those who are not patient enough to queue up at the few filling stations that have the product prefer to patronise them.
Our investigation also revealed that another group that is badly hit by the scarcity of the product and the high price are the artisans.
One of them, a lady who owns a hair dressing salon said “We are buying petrol at not less than N130.00 a litre and we don’t have electricity from the public power source. How do they want us to survive or make profit now? We run our generators every day at very high cost of fuel, yet we cannot adjust our price upwards for fear of losing our customers, and when you tell them that fuel is very expensive, they don’t seem to understand”.
Another who simply identified himself as Ogor said, “Look. I’m a welder, I have a heavy duty generator that uses fuel and because there is no light, I run my generator anytime I’m in the workshop because without light, I can’t function. Fuel is too expensive now, and we are considering increasing the price of our services should this fuel situation continue. “Man no go fit de do business at a loss,” he lamented.
Perhaps, most emotionally touching is the case of a student at the College of Education, Agbor who craved anonymity when she narrated her ordeal since the price of fuel went up. “I have a small freezer that I use for cooling the pure water and soft drinks that I sell at Uromi junction. I have nobody paying my school fees. It is the money I make from the sales of pure water and drinks that I use to train myself. But since fuel has become expensive, I’ve not been finding it easy to buy it for my generator that I use for powering the deep freezer and my sales had dropped”. (Agency report)
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