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  • Updated: February 01, 2023

Enugu, Traders, Motorists Protest Hike In Pump Price, New Notes Scarcity

Enugu, Traders, Motorists Protest Hike In Pump Price, New No

Some motorists and traders in Enugu State on Wednesday protested the increase in pump price and scarcity of new naira notes in banks.

The protesters said that the filling station owners kept hiking the prices on a daily basis while others hoard theirs.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the protest which began along Gariki and Agbani roads in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State hindered the vehicular movement of people going to Old Park and New Market.

The protest also spread to Ogbete Market, Ogui Road, New Haven and Independence Layout which forced shops and some offices were seen closed for fear of looting and destruction.

The protesters were seen discharging passengers from incoming buses as a way of forcing them to join the protest while private vehicles put green leaves in their cars in solidarity.

They noted that the scarcity of new Naira notes in banks had made life difficult for people to transact businesses.

Some of the drivers who spoke to NAN said the suffering they were going through to get a product that God blessed Nigeria with was too much for them stressing that something needed to be done urgently to salvage the situation.

A tricycle rider, Emeka Ugwu, said that incessant increase in pump price was no longer acceptable, noting that filling station owners/ marketers took Nigerians for granted.

“How can we buy fuel N400 yesterday, today it has risen to N500, and we the motorists are saying no to impunity.

“By tomorrow, if they did not return to the normal price, we will give out their fuel to people free of charge,” he threatened.

Another driver who simply gave his name as Emmanuel said they were just expressing their anger over certain anomalies in the state.

“If you want to buy fuel, they will tell you to use Point of Sales (POS) whereas, the queue is much and if you go to the bank you will spend the whole day before it will get to your turn”, he stated.

Chidiebere Njoku called on governments to make the product available and appealed to oil marketers in the state to start selling their products to alleviate their plight.

He added: “If I buy fuel at N500, how much will I tell the passenger I am carrying to pay,” he asked.

A trader, Obiageli Chikwelu, said she could not buy her wares due to a lack of cash adding that bank apps were not working due to network problems.

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