The pain of fuel subsidy withdrawal is beginning to bite harder in Kaduna as few filling stations that had hoard the product in anticipation of the removal adjusted their pump prices to between N148- N150 per litre in the State.
The situation has also given rise to high transport fares even as food stuff increase by about 30 percent in the market.
Our reporter who went round town yesterday confirmed that a bag of rice which normally cost N8000 is now N9500. While other food items such beans, unions, tomatoes etc have also recorded hike in prices.
A visit to some major filling stations within Kaduna metropolis, revealed that despite the increase in the price of the petroleum products, there were some empty filling stations resulting in long queues at the few ones that have stock.
Our reporter observed that as a result of the scarcity, few commercial vehicles were on the street thereby compounding the challenges commuters face as transport fares increased by 100 percent.
Residents of the state who had to contend with the situation have been forced to pay N120 – N150 for a journey from Sabo to Kasuwa which initially cost about N40 among others.