The hardship of petrol scarcity hit the people of Anambra state on Wednesday as fuel now sells for N500 per litre in the state.
According to Punch, the fuel scarcity is due to the closure of most filling stations in protest over what they described as high levies imposed on them by the state government.
This has resulted in motorists and other users of petrol turn to buying the product from black marketers for as much as N500 per litre.
A petroleum products’ marketer, Joseph Nwakpadolu said most of his colleagues closed their retail outlets to protest the heavy levies imposed on them by the state government.
“We met to discuss the high levies the government has billed our businesses; they are giving us a combined bill of over N500,000 per year exclusive of tax. Our position is that the amount is high and cannot be sustained if we must remain in business,” he added.
The Chairman, Petroleum Dealers’ Association of Nigeria, Anambra State chapter, Chief Osita Ofodile, confirmed that the marketers were being asked to pay over N500,000 each, which their colleagues in other states were paying.