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A human rights activist whose name has been given as Nnamdi Iwuala on Friday staged a one-man protest in front of the Imo State Government House in Owerri over the high price of fuel by marketers in the state.
The Eastern Updates reports that fuel has been selling for N450 per litre in many parts of the state while some sell at N400 since December 2022.
Iwuala who is the founder of Genius Eyes International Foundation for the Hopeless, told journalists that the fuel price hike had caused untold hardship in the state.
He called on the state government to intervene and order the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in the state to compel fuel station owners to sell at the approved pump price.
He said it was unfortunate that the authorities had not done anything to address what he described as broad daylight robbery.
Iwuala said; ‘How is it that other states sell almost at the approved pump price but no private station sells at that price in Imo? Within one month, prices in Imo have skyrocketed, leaving many families unable to feed. How long can people be reduced to beggars just to feed themselves because their income has suddenly become almost useless.
‘Yes, I’m here protesting alone to show how angry I am. I am angry because a litre of fuel sells for N450 in Imo while it sells cheaper in other states. The government is saying nothing and the regulatory agencies are doing nothing.
‘We all are suffering, people cannot feed. The people are suffering. The economy is shrinking. Prices of goods and services are high. The people of the state are crying and the government is not perturbed about it. I am calling on the government to do the needful by ensuring that fuel station owners in the state start selling at the approved pump price’, Iwuala said.
He was wielding a big placard with the inscriptions; ‘Imo independent oil marketers are enemies of the state. Say no to fuel hike in Imo State. Hardship at its worst level in the state. DPR’s absence questionable. Imo State government not showing any concern. Bring fuel price back to normal.’