Fuel scarcity hits Abia

Fuel scarcity has hit Umuahia, the Abia State capital
following an indefinite strike action by petrol tanker drivers
in the state.
Findings by revealed that many filling stations in the state
capital did not open for business.
Some of the filling stations along Ohiaya Road, Aba Road
and Ikot Epkene Road told our correspondent that they had
no stock.
Few filling stations who were observed attending to
customers earlier in the day also closed shop before 4pm.
There were long queues of vehicles in few petrol stations
that dispensed products .
Investigations showed that while pump prices at the filling
stations did not change, motorists had to struggle in order to
get fuel to buy.
Commissioner for Petroleum, Don Ubani did not pick calls
put across to him by our correspondent.
A source at the Ministry attributed the scarcity to the strike
action by tanker drivers over deplorable condition of federal
highways in the South East.
The state’s Chairman of Petrol Tankers Drivers Union could
not be reached for comments as calls put to his cell phone
could not sail through.
Most federal roads in the state as well as the entire South
East zone particularly the Enugu- Port Harcourt Express way
are in very bad shape.
Just recently, the people of Awom community in Ikwuano
staged a peaceful demonstration to register their discontent
over the hellish condition of the Umuahia- Ikot Ekpene
federal road that has become a death trap in the recent
times.
The youths of the area vowed to boycott the 2015 general
elections if no urgent measures were taken to fix the road
linking Akwa Ibom with South East.

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