The sudden hike in the pump price of kerosene, has continued to bite harder on the citizenry.
Kerosene, which formally sold for one hundred and thirty-five naira per liter, now sells between three hundred and four hundred and fifty naira per litre respectively.
ABS observed that the pump price of kerosene which is one of the essential needs of the people for domestic purposes, has gone beyond the reach of the common man as most filling stations do not have the commodity while few that have sells at high price which is drastically affecting the masses especially the less privileged.
Speaking to the ABS on the development, a consumer, Miss Chidimma Okolo, who described the situation as painful, regretted that Nigeria which has abundant oil deposit, suffers in buying petroleum products, calling on the Federal Government to expedite action towards ensuring surplus supply of the commodity in all parts of the country.
Other consumers that spoke to the ABS, Messrs Victor Okoye and Chris Akals, called on the Federal government to make the commodity available for dealers and after wards, withdraw the licenses of those that fail to comply with government’s directive on pump price of the commodity
On his part, a Manager in one of the filling stations in Awka, Mr Emmanuel Mba, who felt for the less privileged in the country this period, attributed the hike in the price of the commodity to non-availability of the product, as he disclosed that the one they ordered for about three months now is yet to be supplied.
A marketer, Chief Joseph Nwakpadolu, called on the Federal Government to facilitate the importation of kerosene into the country to ensure its availability and at affordable price.