Planned Protest Averted in Owerri today as fuel stations resume sales
The Akwakuma area of Owerri was tensed this morning as residents of the area reported that mobile and anti-riot police men cordoned off and stationed at the Akwakuma junction. The move was to prevent a planned protest by operators of keke napep who planned to show their displeasure with the state of affairs in the state especially as it relates to sale of fuel by filling stations. The only downside is that such protests usually go out of control if not checked.
For days now, sale of fuel has been halted by petroleum marketers as they claim the government was forcing them to sale below their purchase price. This caused untold hardships on residents as the price of transportation was hiked. According to most keke napep operators, the stations only sold fuel when the taskforce have closed activity for the day.
It appears the meeting between the marketers and the state government ended on a good note as most stations have resumed sales this evening. We hope and pray that the new status is sustained. One thing I enjoyed during this period however was the reduced traffic on most major roads 🙂