Fuel price reduction, dead on arrival in Anambra – motorists

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By Chidex Onyemah

Drivers and transporters across Anambra State have described the reduction in pump prices by the federal government as dead on arrival. This is because, the reduction came at the odd time when Covid-19 ravaging the country.

Speaking with Orient Weekend, Mr Chijioke Ezema, the branch manager of the Peace Mass Transit, Onitsha branch, disclosed that the reduction in pump price can not have any effect on the transport fare because of the state government’s instruction to reduce the amount of passengers carried in a bus.

He said: “If fuel prices reduced in the absence of the disease, automatically, the fare will reduce, but it cannot reduce because, we have reduced passengers we carry per trip.”

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Ezenma also noted that the stay at home policy of the government was not properly defined. According to him, government did not really state which home citizens should stay, maybe, home where they presently were or their home town.

He concluded by revealing that the disease has affected the number of passengers that patronise motor parks.

In an interview, Mr Sunday Ejiofor, a motorist, revealed that there were no more passengers as it used to be. This, according to him, is because people are now afraid to travel to far places.

He disclosed that not all filling stations are adhering to the reduction in fuel prices. 

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“Some petrol stations still sell the same price they have been selling, claiming that they will finish the fuel they have in stock before considering the new proce.”

Ejiofor concluded by asking government to enforce the price reduction across the country and as well, step up in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus disease, 19.

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