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Bauchi residents groan over fuel price hike, demand urgent intervention 

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In Bauchi, motorists and other users of Petroleum motor spirit (PMS) have expressed displeasure over scarcity of the commodity, accusing marketers of hoarding petroleum products.

Meanwhile, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Monday made clear his position on fuel subsidy removal, the development which has been described as responsible for how marketers closed their filling stations to enable them to adjust the pump price of the product. 

As of Tuesday, 30th, the product is being sold at the rate of N220 per liter by some major independent marketers like Shafa Petroleum and Matrix which are dispensing to buyers. 

Other minor independent marketers have however adjusted their pump price to between N350 and N355 per liter forcing panic buying by the buyers, leading to long queues at the filling stations that are dispensing the product. 

Some of the buyers who spoke to our correspondent lamented that the new administration was starting on a very wrong footing knowing that Nigerians went through a hard time for 8 years under the immediate past administration. 

Paul Amos, a Federal Civil servant, though agreed that it was time the subsidy was removed to check misappropriation, it was too sudden to have been done by the new dispensation. 

He advised that the process should have been gradual so that the pains will not be felt too much by Nigerians until they will get used to it. 

Another person, Pastor Zakka said that the new administration should tread with caution in order not fall into the same trap the immediate past administration fell onto and could not come out of it for 8 years. 

Daniel Babaji advised President Bola Ahmed Tinubu not to rush in taking decisions that will make things more difficult for Nigerians considering the present economic situation in the country. 

Generally, residents of Bauchi expressed displeasure over the present situation and called for urgent intervention before the situation degenerates. 

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