Residents of Akure, the Ondo State Capital have criticised owners fuel stations in the state who are responsible for the increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit known as petrol which sells for between N170 and N175 per litre.
Some of them described the development as inhumane , saying it would further worsen the hardship being experienced by the people as a result of the prevailing economic challenges.
Orange FM’s Otobot Jim who went round town spoke with several stakeholders on the issue reports that the sudden hike in the pump price of fuel which now sells for between 170 naira and 175 naira as against the approved 160 naira has been generating mixed reactions from members of the public.
This is even as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) through its General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru said it has ruled out any increment in the ex-depot price of petrol this month contrary to widespread speculation.
During a visit to some filling stations in Akure including NNPC Shagari village, Abdul Rasaq filling station along Oyemekun road and Shamrock filling station Ilesha Owo express way, showed that they still sell between N170 and N175 per litre.
However, others including Bovas filling station, Araromi and NNPC by Onyearugbulem junction are still selling at the approved pump price of N160 per litre.
Some customers who were seen buying the products expressed regrets that some fuel stations are not being considerate with the present reality.
Others appealed to the Federal Govt to caution petroleum products marketers not to engage in arbitrary price increase in order not to create artificial scarcity and unnecessary hardship for Nigerians.
Efforts to speak with the State Vice Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN, Mr. Idowu Adebusuyi was unsuccessful.