Fuel scarcity witnessed across Cross River

Scarcity of petroleum product has hit Cross River State as many filling stations visited have no products. However, few stations that have the products recorded long queue with a litre of petrol goes for over 100% increase. Filling stations in Calabar on Saturday and observed that a litre of petrol was sold at N200 and N250.

A customer who gave her name as Ada said, “Before now, a litre of petrol was sold at N145 but it’s now N200-N250 or more per litre while black market sold at N300-N350 a litre.”

The scarcity of the product according to her has already caused untold hardship for residents of the city. “It has taken a more dangerous dimension now, especially at this yuletide period,” he said.

Chief Samuel Okorie said that the increase has affected the economy of the state as prices of food stuff have increase tremendously. The cause of transportation, he said had gone up by 100%. A distance of N50 now goes for N100 or more, “Already, the cost of transportation from one point to another has increase tremendously,” he stated.

Chief Antigha Eyo, resident in Calabar lamented, “The reason for the scarcity has not been known but called on federal government and President Buhari to intervene urgently so that Nigerians would have blissful Christmas”

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However, the prices of Garry and Rice, the most stable food for the people in the State have gone up by 100-200 percent. More importantly, the scarcity of the product not only hindered economic growth but has caused inconveniences as the long queues hinder traffic flow in the city making some streets impassable.

Chief Antigha Eyo said that the scarcity has affected economic, political and social activities in the state. DAILY POST gathered that few filling stations in Calabar, Odukpani, Akpabuyo, Bakassi and Akamkpa opened their doors to customers on condition that the product would be bought at N200 per litre.

Some of the players in the industry have claimed ignorance of the scarcity. When contacted, on phone on Saturday, the Chairman of NUPENG, Chief Akomaye said he was in Benue state and did not know about the scarcity. Some concerned citizens lamented the scarcity of the products and blamed it on the rot in the system of governance.

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