Many commercial drivers in Sierra Leone on Monday staged a sit-down strike over an increase in the price of petroleum products including gasoline and diesel, causing widespread traffic disruptions.
Last week, the Petroleum Regulatory Agency of Sierra Leone announced a new price for petroleum products of almost seven U.S. dollars per gallon.
The situation was compounded by an acute shortage in gasoline and diesel two days after the announcement.
Mohamed Kamara, one of the commercial drivers, raised suspicion that the shortage of fuel is a signal that the price might shoot up above the current seven dollars per gallon.
Many businesses closed and many workers could not make it to their various offices because they could not access transportation.
The strike action also affected the media in Sierra Leone, especially the print media, as newspaper vendors don’t have newspapers to sell on the grounds that most of them were unable to go to the Sierra Leone Post Office where newspapers are displayed for sale. Enditem