Tuesday, 23 October 2012

U-Report: Campaign For Democracy Tasks Governors On Arbitrary Fuel Increases

A Scene Of Fuel Scarcity In Nigeria

Report By: CD(South-East Region)

The Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Region has urged the South-East governors to constitute task forces in their respective states to check arbitrary fuel increases within the South-East.

The South-East has five states, which included: Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.

This was contained in a statement issued by CD to newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra on Tuesday.

The statement was signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor, Chairman, CD South-East Region.

``The study undertook in the five states indicated that there are high and un-authoritised prices of fuel in most fuel stations.

``In Onitsha and Awka, different fuel stations are selling at the exorbitant price of N120 per litre.

``While in Owerri, Orlu and Mgbidi in Imo State; the same N120 per litre is observed by virtually all fuel stations.

``In Nsukka and Enugu, precisely at Ogui Road and other parts of Enugu metropolis, the same N120 regime existed except in NNPC mega-fuel stations.

``Umuahia and Aba are the worst hit; it is now between N125 and N150; while a partial scarcity of the product had hit Umuahia, the state capital.

``In Abakaliki, Afikpo and Ezza-Ezilo, it is now N140 and N150 per litre in few fuel stations where it is available,’’ he said.

The statement called on the South-East governors to constitute a special task-force to check this trend in their respective states; which started two months ago, precisely in the first week of September.

``Our people will not continue to suffer on daily basis from these schlocks and economic saboteurs, who are bent on causing them more hardships.

``Our people should get the benefit of getting the petroleum products at fair prices no matter how remote their places of abide are,’’

``Just 50 metres from Onitsha, Delta State in Asaba and other places across the River Niger Bridge; fuel stations sell at N97 per litre always. Which is the official price.

``We, however, commended the Federal Government through the NNPC for providing a stable price in their mega-stations throughout the country,’’ it said.

The statement further said that CD was giving the governors seven days to reverse the trend; without which the protest that greeted the fuel subsidy increase in the early part of the year would spring-up in the South-East.

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