Energy

Ogun Residents React to Increase in Fuel Pump Price

The increase in the pump price of petrol by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, has continued to elicit reactions from stakeholders in Ogun State.

Residents, who spoke with Radio Nigeria in Abeokuta, described the price increase as unfortunate especially now that many people were still battling to survive the economic hardship occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

A commercial motorcyclist, Mr Idowu Jonah said government should concentrate on programmes that would cushion the effect of present economic realities rather than the increasing the pump price of petrol.

Mr Jonah said the announcement of the new pump price was ill-timed and insensitive.

Also, an advocate of consumers’ rights, Mr Ola Animashaun appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that the nation’s refineries were put to use to reduce the cost for consumer.

Mr Animashaun, who expressed concern over the attitude of filling stations to the adjustment of the petrol price, encouraged the regulatory agencies to rise to the occasion of price implementation in the interest of the consumers.

Radio Nigeria correspondent, who monitored the situation in Abeokuta, observed that most filling stations had effected the new pump price of one hundred and forty three naira announced by the PPPRA.

Olusegun Folarin

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