Motorists and commuters are groaning in Edo state as petroleum marketers now sell a litre of petrol for between N400 and N500.
Our correspondent reports that the filling stations dispensing the products in the state are characterized by queues, as motorists sleep at the stations.
As a result of the hike in the pump price, motorists have increased transportation fares.
A motorist who spoke on the development, Michael Abu, lamented that he spent the night at the filling station, leaving his wife and kids at home, hoping to get fuel.
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“We passed the night here at the NNPC Mega station because it is selling at N189 while others sell at between N400 and N500 but I don’t know when it will get to my turn today even after sleeping at the station,” he laments.
Another motorist, Celestine Odion told Daily Trust he both fuels at N400 because he doesn’t have the patience to sleep at the NNPC filling station where it is cheaper compared to other stations.
He said aside NNPC station that sells fuel at N189, only Rain Oil and Buvel were selling below N300, adding that they had to increase t transport fare in order to meet up with the hike in pump price.
Also speaking, Wilson Odia said he left his home by 5 am with the intention of getting fuel at a cheaper rate but was not certain when he would get it due to the long queue. “I can’t afford to buy fuel at N500, so, I have decided to dedicate today to getting the fuel and rest for the week”.
A commuter, Christian Joseph, lamented that the price from Ramat, Aduwawa, Agbor park to Ring Road was increased to N300, N400, and N500 as against N150, N250, and N300, respectively.