From Chuks Collins, Awka
It has remained war of sorts in Awka and environs between petroleum marketers and vehicle owners as the service stations insisted on selling the product at between N150 and N160 per liter, many days after the presidential order for them to adjust the rate down to N97.
Vehicle owners have therefore been accusing the Directorate of Petroleum Resources and the Standards Organisation as well as the Consumer Protections Council of not doing enough to protect them in this regard in the state.
According to a driver who gave his name as Izuchukwu Ezika, when the new pump price was announced on Jan 1, 2012, none of the marketers waited to get any further directives before adjusting their meters. But one of the dealers blamed it on their engineers who have not come to adjust the meters.
As at yesterday, it was only the NNPC mega stations in Awka that have since adjusted the pump price to N97 per litre.
Also a sports enthusiast and promoter, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka has called on the Federal Government to be more open and transparent in the management of the petroleum resources.
Ezeonwuka who is the proprietor of the Rojenny Tourist and Games Village in Oba, Idemili council of Anambra state wondered why they want all attention to be focused on the subsidy accruing from Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). He want them to come open with the details of the proceeds from the removal of the subsidy on Diesel and Kerosene that became effective early last year.
He noted that telling the nation what they intend to do with the PMS accruals without first coming public with the things they did with those of Diesel and Kerosene clearly exposes their insincerity or lack of it.
Another Community leader in Anambra state, Senator IG Abana has urged the FG to endevour to educate the electorate well in any policy that would affect their lives, in future