BY: Samuel Flomo Jr.
Bong county correspondent
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Many citizens and motorists have since been seen stranded and forming queues before Total Gas Station and other mini filling stations in Gbarnga, due to the alleged difficulties in getting their needed petrol.
Currently, there’s no stable price for a gallon of gasoline in Gbarnga, Bong County.
At some places, a gallon ranges from L$1,000- L$1,300, respectively. Only Total Filling Station is operating with a price of L$725, but it’s an uphill challenge in getting you served, as motorists are awakened as early as 4AM to form queues waiting to be served at 8AM.
A gallon was previously sold between L$600-L$650, but it has adversely doubled.
Due to this action, many citizens have since complained of higher transportation fees, with many calling on the government to intervene.
The Liberian government issued a statement on Saturday, March 5, clarifying that there is more than adequate supply of petroleum products in the country to serve the local market for the next several months and that there should be no reason for panic buying of gasoline or diesel fuel.
The statement issued by the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism under the signature of Minister Ledgerhood Julius Rennie, also warns the public and unscrupulous individuals against hoarding of the prices of petrol products, as it will not tolerate such illegal acts.
The Liberian government acknowledged that the prices of gasoline and diesel fuel have increased globally, as a result of the ongoing military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which has affected supply chains throughout the world.