By Francis Igata
ENUGU—Worried by the refusal of independent marketers in Enugu and Anambra states to comply with the new N86.5 per litre pump price for fuel as directed by the Federal Government with effect from January 1, residents of the two states have vented their anger on officials of Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, for not enforcing the new pricing regime for fuel within their areas.
Vanguard checks showed that filling stations in Enugu and Anambra states have been selling fuel for N150 per litre despite directives from Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and Federal Government for them to sell at the approved pump price of N86.50 per liter.
Amaechi Ukwuani, a motorist in Enugu regretted that DPR officials had been moving about enforcing the new pricing system and sanctioning defaulters in other parts of the country, but in the South-East geopolitical zone, especially Enugu and Anambra states, it had remained business as usual for the marketers, who continued to sell fuel at N150 per litre.
Ukwuani challenged relevant authorities to take necessary action on the matter as it seems that DPR officials in the two states had been compromised by the marketers.
“One is shocked to see that all filling stations in Enugu and Anambra states have been selling fuel above N86.50 per litre despite the directives from NUPENG and FG for them to sell at control prices.
“Daily, we see stations being sealed off by DPR for selling above N86 all over the federation. Why is the DPR in these South East states not saying or doing something? It looks like they have been compromised as usual.”