By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Cost of food stuffs and petroleum products in Owerri, Imo State capital, has hit the roof tops ahead of the Christmas and New Year.
Vanguard investigations revealed that most of the filling stations operated by independent marketers have adjusted their pump prices to between N80 and N90 per litre.
Some commercial vehicle drivers who spoke to Vanguard on the issue, wondered why petroleum marketers unleashed what they termed â€œeconomic terrorismâ€ on innocent citizens every December.
â€œIt is sad that our own people can be this wicked during all festivities, especially Christmas and New Year. I do not know what else to call economic terrorism,â€ Anthony Chigbo lamented.
According to the commercial driver, â€œwe are into a legitimate motor business and it should be expected that we will automatically adjust our prices and transfer the extra petroleum bills to those who require our services.â€
Meanwhile, rice, yams, chickens and other food items have gone out of the reach of the common man, even as most civil servants who spoke to Vanguard on grounds of strict anonymity, claimed that they were yet to get their November salaries.
â€œI am not buying for Christmas. You can see that the hike in prices of food stuff has badly hit civil servants in the state,â€ the lady said.