Residents of Imo State have lamented the sudden increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as fuel which has risen from One hundred and forty five naira per litre to One hundred and fifty naira at most filling stations in the state.
When Radio Nigeria visited filling stations within and outside Owerri metropolis most of the major dealers were not dispensing fuel as they claimed they did not have the product.
However those that opened for business had adjusted their pumps to One hundred and fifty naira.
Some Motorists who spoke with Radio Nigeria Correspondent called on the Federal government to come to their rescue as the situation if unchecked will impose more hardship on them.
Reacting to the development, the Chairman Independent Petroleum Marketers Association, Imo State chapter, Mr. Christopher Amadi, attributed the situation to scarcity of the product in the depot and increase in cost of transportation.
Mr. Amadi called on the federal government to intervene on the matter noting that cost of the Premium Motor Spirit in Imo state will reduce significantly if the NNPC Depot at Aba was selling the product.
He said petroleum Marketers in the state are presently sourcing the product from Port Harcourt, Warri and Calabar.