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Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called petrol, now sells for between N240 and N250 per litre in Awka, Anambra State capital, and its environs.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who monitored the situation in Awka yesterday, reports that the NNPC mega station in the town was closed to customers for lack of products.
NAN also reports that most private outlets had products, but were selling above the regulated price of between N180 and N190.
Mr. Jones Ani, a motorist, said the arbitrary increase in the pump price of petrol was an additional burden on citizens, which should be addressed.
He said it was no longer pleasurable to use private cars due to the huge cost of maintenance.
He urged the Federal Government, through the Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), to protect customers.
A commuter bus operator, who simply identified himself as Emeka, said the increase had been built into fares, with additional N50 on former fares for every intra-city drop.
He said increase in the price of petrol was affecting their business and also affecting prices of other goods and services.
Mr. Chinedu Anyaso, chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), said the prevailing pump price was a reflection of what was going on at the private depots where they procured products.
Efforts to get reaction from NMDPRA were not successful, as Mr. Victor Orjiakor, operations controller in Anambra office, did not take his call or respond to text message sent to him.
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