Economic and other activities have been crippled in Cross River State following the acute fuel scarcity in the state.
In Calabar, the state capital, the price of petrol has risen astronomically with the product now selling at N200.
The hike has led to sudden increase in fare and commuters are now forced to pay more as transportation fares.
Most service stations have closed due to scarcity of the product while a few still operating sell above the approved pump price, as black marketers are also capitalising on the situation to exploit motorists.
A commercial driver, Mr. Edet Udoh who described the recent scarcity as unfortunate, called for urgent intervention by government.
Mr. Udoh, who disclosed that most commercial drivers had been forced to park their vehicles due to petrol scarcity, said “government should act fast and save the situation from getting out of hand.”
Another commercial driver, Prince Etuk also said that the scarcity had forced some of them off the road.
“We cannot buy petrol at such exorbitant price and make profit; that is why some drivers have decided to remain at home until the situation improves.”

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