By Emmanuel Ndukuba
Most filling stations in Awka, Anambra, were shut in the early hours of Friday, leaving many passengers stranded at the various bus-stops.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that commercial vehicle drivers used the opportunity to hike transport fares.
The transport fare from Awka to Onitsha which used to be N200 per trip was increased to N250; Awka to Enugu was hiked to N300 from N500; and from Onitsha to Enugu N700 as against N500.
Only the NNPC mega station in Awka and other NNPC sub-stations in the state were selling petroleum products.
Some commuters, who spoke with NAN, were confused as what might have caused the closure of the filling stations by the Independent Marketers in the state.
A reliable source told NAN that the excesses of the State Government Taskforce on revenue collection recently caused an accident which led to a spill of the entire contents of a petroleum tanker at Ihiala, in Anambra.
Petroleum products dealers’ union in the state met and agreed that government must bear the cost of the loss of the product or they stop selling until their demands are met.
Government officials are holding a meeting with the leadership of the marketers in Awka.