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Osun Residents Groan Over New Pump Price



Residents of Osun State have started groaning following the increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) had adjusted the price of PMS to as high as N617 per litre on Tuesday.

Immediately after the news of the increment of fuel price broke, motorists in Osogbo, Osun state capital rushed to filling stations to fill up their vehicles before the implementation of new price.

Our correspondent observed that long queues have resurfaced in filling stations like NIPCO and Matrix along the Gbongan-Ibadan road, as well as Habeeb filling station in Odi-Olowo, Osogbo and A.A. Rano located around Osogbo township stadium.

However, filling stations along Kola Balogun area of the state were under lock and key.

At Habeeb filling station, fuel was sold at N534, Matrix and NIPCO sells at N505, while A.A Rano sells at N520.

One of the commercial motorists who identified himself as Taofeek lamented that the current hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy.

He noted that even when the subsidy was first removed, majority of the commercial drivers could not afford the N500 price initially implemented.

Taofeek, said majority of them receive the increment in the pump price in a shock adding that “we do not expect more hardship than what we are currently experiencing,”

He therefore appealed to the government to provide respite that will cushion the effect of the hardship on citizenry.

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