June 21, 2024

Protesters in Edo state hit the street, raise alarm over N700/litre petrol price

 

Hundreds of demonstrators in Edo state, mostly youth, marched through major streets in Benin, the state capital, in protest against unending petrol scarcity, which they said has affected the means of livelihood in the state.

EnergyDay gathered that demonstrators who made bonfire in some strategic locations across the state capital, claimed that petrol is sold for as high as N700 per litre in some parts of the state.

Further revelations showed that some filling stations are selling petrol at N500/litre to motorists in the state capital.

The demonstrators alleged that the fuel scarcity was artificial, deliberately meant to bring untold hardship on the Nigerian masses. They therefore called on the State and Federal Governments to urgently address the situation.

The aggrieved protesters challenged the organised Labour including the Trade Union Congress (TUC) , Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Civil Society Organisations to rise up and rescue the poor masses in the state.

The protesters later proceeded to the Governors’ office where they met with the Hon. Iyoha Osaigbovo Toni, Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, who also confirmed the price hike also pleaded for calm.

He promised that the Government will reach out to relevant authorities including the NNPC to find lasting solution to the scarcity of fuel in the state.

 

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