BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI — Motorists in Imo State are now facing hard times as the fuel scarcity which peaked, weekend, worsened yesterday.
Consequently, transport fares have hit the roof, with commercial vehicle operators hiking fares by about 40 per cent, in line with the prevailing pump price of petrol, as well as their desire to make profit.
Vanguard investigations revealed that most independent petroleum marketers in the state, dispensed premium motor spirit, PMS, at between N115 and N120 per litre, as at the weekend, but the price has since jumped to N130 and N135 per litre.
Although none of the independent petroleum marketers found to be perpetrating this act or their workers were prepared to speak on the issue, our correspondent who monitored the situation in seven of the 27 local council areas, yesterday, discovered that virtually all the major marketers claimed they had no petrol to sell to customers.