Hard times in Calabar as oil marketers down tool.

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Deplorable road conditions causing hardship on its members and drop in their investments have forced petroleum marketers in Calabar depot to suspend distribution activities in the state.

Currently, trucks spend  three days from Calabar to Ogoja on a journey that would have ordinarily been done in some hours.

This is causing scarcity of petroleum products in the state and has pushed up the price of the products to sell between N120 and N150 wherever it is available.

Commuters in the state on Tuesday had a hectic time getting to their destinations, following acute fuel scarcity in Calabar as a result of the oil marketers action.

Many commuters waited endlessly for commercial vehicles to their destinations, while some others trekked long distances,

Robert Obi, Chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Calabar depot said the association was forced to withdraw its services till further notice.

The action, according to Obi was to protest the poor road network in the state which has continued to affect their operations adversely.

“The truth is that we have decided to suspend our services because of the deplorable condition of our roads.

“Our marketers are losing their hard earned resources and we cannot continue that way.

“We want government’s intervention; at least to patch the bad portions of the roads and unless this is done, we will remain at home.

“We have fuel in the depot but we will not sell, “ he said.

According to him, the action becomes necessary in order to draw the attention of the government both at the state and federal levels to their plight and

There are long queues in the few filling stations where the product was available while the prices have also gone up to between N120 and N150 per litre and between N200 and N300 per litre at the black market.

The situation has also forced a jump in transport fares from N50 to N200.

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