By Chidi Nkwopara, OWERRI.
There is no respite for car owners and commuters in Imo State, as premium motor spirit, PMS, has remained very expensive despite assurances from the Federal Government.
Vanguard checks in parts of the state revealed that the scarce commodity was sold for between N220 to N260 per litre.
The situation was even worse in the rural communities where petroleum marketers appear to be operating a republic of their own.
Investigations revealed that apart from the high cost of the petroleum product, most of the marketers were found to be under-dispensing what the customers paid for.
Transport fare has since hit the skies because commercial vehicle operators had to transfer the extra fuel bill to passengers.
Apparently irked by the ugly situation, staff of the Owerri Zonal Office of the Department of Petroleum Resources, yesterday sent out its officers to monitor the activities of petroleum marketers in the state.
The DPR’s Head, Downstream, Mrs. Chineli Ezeagbor and her team, was spotted along Port Harcourt Road, enforcing the pump price at Ebere Links and other filling stations.
It was not clear at press time, how many stations were sealed, but all the marketers reverted to what they were selling before DPR officials stormed their outlet.