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Motorists in Abia State have lamented the scarcity and hike in fuel pump price since last weekend.
The Eastern Updates reports that no official reason has been given for this in the State.
The hike in fuel pump price has resulted in residents being stranded as commercial vehicle and tricycle operators have astronomically increased transport fares resulting in commuters being stranded and helpless.
The unannounced fuel price increase has left commuters and motorists in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State shocked and stranded.
Investigations revealed that many filling stations in Umuahia and Aba do not have products, resulting in the few that had, hiking the pump price astronomically.
Checks by correspondents showed that fuel dealers in major filling stations in the two cities are selling fuel at different prices ranging from ₦250 to ₦300 per litre from the usual price of ₦165.
The hike in fuel pump price led to increase in transport fares across the state as short distance trip locally known as “drop” within Aba and Umuahia which used to be ₦50, was increased to ₦150, while distances that usually cost about N100, has been doubled.
Transport fares from Aba to Umuahia which normally was ₦600, is now ₦1000.
In the same vein, inter-state fares have equally increased by over 150 percent, thereby increasing commuters’ hardship.
Intra-city commuters were forced to trek long distances, as commercial tricycle operators battle to convince commuters to pay the new fares.
THE EASTERN UPDATES