DESPITE claims by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, that it has increased supply of premium motor spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, to Delta and Edo state, scarcity of the product has persisted, with many thinking it will be on till the end of Christmas, which is four days away.
A long queues were seen in some filling stations at Ugbowo, Iyaro which led to the traffic jams experienced on those areas. At New Benin, Total filling station was dispensing product to motorists, while other stations were shut. A motorist who gave his name as Moses John, told goldenspeak.com he bought a litre of petrol at N250. Consequently, fares have gone up by about 100 per cent. New benin to ugbowo, which used to be N100 now attracts a fare of N200, while Ringroad to Sakponba road gone up to N200 from N100. The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Edo Region yesterday sealed some filling station who were selling above pump price. Hoewever, the Station operators said they did not deny DPR access to the place.
“I expected DPR to invite me to their office after the incident. I am surprised to see them here today to seal my station,” according to a man whom station was sealed. ‘’The dealers will be invited to our office to defend his action, if he is able to justify his actions, we will unseal his station. “But if not, the department may revoke his licence.’’
In Warri, Delta State, most of the filling stations visited were shut. At Matrix on the popular PTI road there was a long queue.