By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – Commuters and motoristsÂ in Imo state are in for a hard time,Â as all the filling stations in most part of the state have closed shop for inexplicable reasons.
Vanguard investigations revealed that the pump price of petrol dispensed by independent petroleum marketers in the state has correspondingly shot up to between N80 and N85 per litre.
Inter and intra state transport fares have also increased, as commercial vehicle operators blamed the high fares on the increase in pump price of petrol.
As at press time, none of the major petroleum marketers in Owerri,Â was selling any of the petroleum products to customers.
Ebere Links along Port Harcourt Road was selling petrol at N80, but none of the workers was prepared to explain the sudden hike in the pump price of the product.
The situation was however, different at the mega station operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as the queue stretched beyond Holy Ghost College, Owerri, a distance of some kilometers.
A staff of the station, who pleaded anonymity, told Vanguard that they had no kerosene to sell to consumers, adding that they still have petrol in substantial quantity to sell to motorists.
Efforts to reach the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Amanze Obi, to comment on the development failed, as he could not be reached on his mobile telephone line.