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Tankers drivers suspend strike, as petrol stations increase price in Ondo

By Sade Adewale, Ondo,Saheed Ibrahim,Jimoh Ahmed, Owo &Godfrey Eze

Before the strike embarked upon by members of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), was suspended yesterday evening, fuel scarcity resurfaced in Ondo State with an increased pump price.

The suspension followed a meeting with the Federal Government.

The Hope investigation revealed that long queues have also resumed at the few petrol stations dispensing the product to customers.

NARTO had raised concern over the high cost of diesel required to power their trucks for the transportation of petroleum products across the country, as they argued that diesel price is between N1,250 and N1,400/litre, depending on the spot of purchase.

NARTO President, Yusuf Othman, in a statement in Abuja directed members of the association to withdraw their operations and park their trucks starting from Monday, February 19.

Some petroleum marketers in Ondo State had warned that the nation would experience another round of fuel scarcity and worsen the current economic hardship if NARTO did not suspend the strike.

Our correspondents who went round some major cities including Akure, the State capital, Owo and Ondo city, to observe the situation reported that most petrol stations were under lock and keys.

In Akure, most of the stations visited on Tuesday and which sold the product a few hours, were locked and refused to open to customers.

When approached by motorists and motorcyclists, they simply waved to signal them that there was no fuel.

The few stations dispensing the product were selling between N620/litre (for major marketers), and N670/litre (for Independent marketers).

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The development has also created panic buying among the petroleum users, as they believed the price might still go up.

In Ondo city, some petrol stations have started selling the Premium Motor Spirit as high as N700/litre.

When our correspondent moved round the city, some filling stations were shut while others sold at different prices.

The same scenario was witnessed in Owo, as few stations opened to customers with different pump prices.

Some managers of Petrol stations who didn’t want their names in print claimed they had ran out of fuel, and were expecting to get the product before the tanker drivers went on strike.

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