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20 Dec 2017

Motorists, Commuters Groan As Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder In Delta

Fuel scarcity taking parts of Nigeria, is biting hard in Delta State forcing motorists and commuters to groan in pain.
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The shortage of petroleum products have worsened in Asaba and environs with many petrol stations closed, despite a suspension of the strike action embarked upon by the leadership of Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN).


According to The Nation, the situation has led to a hike in transport fares by over 200% leaving many commuters stranded especially during rush hour.

A civil servant, Mrs. Florence Okpa, lamented the high transport fares, saying that a journey which normally attracts N50.00 is now N100.00.

According to her the hike in transport fares within Asaba metropolis started Tuesday.

She said commuters are exposed to hardship during rush hour, adding that the few vehicles plying the roads cannot accommodate the huge number of workers

Another resident, who preferred anonymity, claimed that a bus ride from Asaba to Onitsha which normally costs N150.00 has now risen to N700.00.

The Nation gathered that many motorists have stopped driving their cars due to the high cost of purchasing petrol.

The situation in Ogwashi-Uku is no different. A journey by commercial bus ride from Ogwashi-Uku to Asaba which usually costs N200.00 is now N400.00.

In Agbor, Ika South L.G.A, and Asaba, Oshimili South  many petrol stations were under lock and key.

Many commuters were stranded in most motor parks in Agbor and environs as commuters were forced to pay between N800 to N1000 from Agbor to Asaba as against the usual cost of N250-N300.

At the Mariere Bus station in Agbor many commuters sustained injuries in a rush for space in the few available vehicles.

Some commuters decried what they termed “uncontrollable greed by commercial bus drivers”, and urged the federal government to come to their aid.

The angry commuters condemned the strike action embarked upon by PENGASSAN and the “greed by National Union of Road Transport Workers Union (NURTW)” that they accused of “taking undue advantage of both the strike and the festive period to enrich themselves at the expense of the common man.”

Also the state owned Delta Line has increased transport fares with a bus ride from Ughelli to Asaba now N1000 as against the usual fare of N800.00 while  independent commercial buses costs N1500 for the same journey.

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