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Fuel scarcity hits Aba

05 November 2012, 16:19

Abia - Aba, the commercial hub of Abia, is experiencing scarcity of petrol and long queues have surfaced in filling stations, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN reports that long queues have returned to filling stations in Aba in spite of the reopening of Osisioma Ngwa NNPC depot and petrol is being sold for between N120 and N130 a litre.

Mr Cajethan Ikoro, a commercial bus driver, told NAN that the situation was affecting his business.

``If urgent action is not taken to reverse to the normal pump price, people will have to begin to pay more to move from place to place,’’ he said.

Ikoro said that no benefit had been derived from the reopening of the Osisioma Ngwa NNPC depot because ``at no time is fuel sold at N97 a litre in Aba”.

He said that motorists  were buying the product between N110 and N115 per litre before the recent 10 per cent increase.

“It is important that this situation should be addressed before Christmas so as not to discourage people from visiting their home states,` he said.

Chief Don Ubani, Abia Commissioner for Petroleum and Solid Minerals Development, told NAN that the price increase was due to forces of supply and demand.

He said that a ship was already discharging petrol in Port Harcourt for onward deelivery to Aba.

``There is hope that the situation will improve soon,’’ he said.

Mr Simple Nwamkpa, the Chairman, Reactivation Committee of the Osisioma Ngwa Depot, told NAN that the depot would soon be operational at ``100 per cent``.

``We are working tirelessly to resolve the problem,`` he said.

NAN reports that transport fares have  remained stable in the metropolis in spite of the scarcity of petrol.



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