By; Magaji Hunkuyi, Jalingo.
Price of petrol, Diesel and kerosene has gone up in Jalingo, Taraba state capital following scarcity of petroleum products.
New Nigerian finding revealed that all filling stations in the state capital have closed down forcing price of the products to go up.
Black marketers, who were out of business for a long time are now back selling 5 liters gallon of petrol between N1000 to N1200.
Similarly one liter of diesel now sold at N270 while one liter of kerosene sold between N350 to N400.
Owners of petrol stations interviewed attributed the scarcity to increase in the price of petroleum products by private depot in Calabar and Lagos.
One of the marketers, Alhaji Inuwa Abdu said a litre of petrol cost N140 instead of N133 and the cost of transporting the products has increased two fold.
Abdu disclosed that marketers were not paid for way bill for several Months resulting to many of them running out of capital. He however called on federal government to compel owners of private depots to revert to former price and stop hoarding the products.
Residents interviewed expressed dismay over scarcity of petroleum products in the state capital and called on government to address the scarcity problem without delay.
Further finding revealed that petrol was available in fuel stations outside the state capital but sold above official regulated pump price.