Consumers of kerosene in Port Harcourt are facing a hard time due to scarcity of the product caused by the clam down on petroleum marketers.
The marketers specifically accuse the operators of the NNPC mega stations of ignoring them and selling the products to businessmen and women in order to make quick profits.
A tour round Port Harcourt showed that almost all the filling stations lacked kerosene. Consumers said they were forced to buy the product from the black marketers at over N250 for a medium size bottle of portable water.
At the town axis of Port Harcourt, the consumers complained that they had queued up at the Mega filling stations to buy kerosene at the approved price of N50 per litre as early as 5am daily, but without success and accused the operators of refusing to sell to retailers only to make quick sales and profits from middlemen.
An elderly man who said he arrived the station around 6am lamented that, “They sell to people who want to buy up to 50-100 jerry cans of kerosene, but those of us who want to buy just one for personal use, they refuse to sell. Government should look into it and do something.”