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Benue: Motorists Distressed As Fuel Sells At N380 Per Litre

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In spite of the NNPC Limited’s intervention, commuters and drivers in Benue state are complaining and wailing about the price of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly known as gasoline, which is still selling for as much as N380 per litre.

Fidel Info reports that the fact that almost no filling stations owned by big marketers in the state have the product has made the problem worse.

Findings showed that black marketers sell for between N360 and N380 per litre, while the few independent marketers who have products sell to desperate motorists for between N270 and N300 per litre.

Vehicle owners struggle frantically to enter the NNPC Mega Station on Otukpo Road in order to purchase the commodity, which is being sold at a price set by the government.

Some drivers who were unable to contain their anger at the ongoing situation pleaded with the authorities to get involved and resolve it.

A commercial motorbike operator named David Okube bemoaned that huge gas stations in the state were purposefully making things difficult for the people by not dispensing products to the general public while he and other riders waited to acquire the product from the mega station.

“Why will it be only the mega station that is selling fuel to the public, why are other major marketers not selling weeks after the government took steps to ensure that there is enough product in the country?”

“Even nearby Abuja that was hard hit by scarcity now has products. But when you come to Benue state they are selling to us at between N270 and N300 per litre while the black marketers are selling for about N380 per litre some even sell for N400 especially at night.”

“We cannot continue like this because the people are suffering. If you come to mega station to buy you will spend the whole day here and if you are unlucky you might not get to buy before they lock up,” he said.

Also, a medical doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity lamented that it was unacceptable for Nigerians to continue to go through pains in order to buy petrol.

“How can a responsible and responsive government allow its citizens go through this kind of pains in order to buy fuel. I am a medical doctor who is supposed to be in the hospital attending to patients but I abandoned that assignment to search for fuel. Why are all the major marketers in Makurdi not selling fuel. Why are we still buying fuel for about N300 per litre in Benue? It is killing to say the least.”

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