RESIDENTS FACE UNTOLD HARDSHIP AS COOKING GAS SCARCITY HITS EBONYI STATE
Cooking gas has become a scarce commodity in Ebonyi state, following the shutdown of about 16 major gas stations in Abakiliki and its environs.
The State Governor, David Umahi, had last week, ordered that all illegal gas stations and outlets across the state be shut down immediately.
Umahi maintained that all gas stations and outlets must meet the approved standard set by the State Capital Territory Development Board (ACTDB) and Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR).
It was gathered that this development has caused untold hardship to users of cooking gas as many residents were on Monday sighted on streets and major roads in Abakiliki, the state capital, in search of where to purchase the product.
It was also observed that 9 out of the 10 major stations visited in the state capital including Hariz, Dandilas, Lopa, among others were seen under locks and keys with state government’s inscription: “Under Seal”. The situation has made dealers who were not affected by the directive to hike the price of cooking gas, as they now sell at N375 per Kg.
A gas attendant, simply identified as Chukwudi, whose station was affected by the directive, told Daily Trust that the closure was not due to environmental compliance but huge tax rate introduced by state government.
He further alleged that the new tax rate runs into over N43 million annually for major gas stations in the state.
Findings also disclosed that some consumers who could not get cooking gas, have reversed to the use of kerosene.