Fuel scarcity strikes harder in Nigeria

It was gathered that the fuel scarcity situation in Nigeria worsened yesterday, heightening the sufferings of motorists and the public in general.

Despite promises made by oil marketers, Monday, that the country will be flooded with petrol in the coming days, the situation had continued to deteriorate on a daily basis with people finding it increasingly difficult to buy the commodity.

The authorities saddled with the responsibility of regulating the downstream petroleum sector, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, and Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, have failed to take any significant steps towards addressing the crisis, as senior officials of the organizations have refused to respond to queries about the issue.

A source at NNPC told newsmen that majority of the senior executives of NNPC and officials of DPR and PPPRA have all travelled to attend the Offshore Technology Conference, OTC, currently holding in Houston, Texas. A survey of petrol stations in Lagos and Abuja showed that majority of the petrol stations were shut, while only a few were selling to motorists at exorbitant prices.

In Lagos Petrol stations in Ajegunle, Festac, Kirikiri, Orile, Victoria Island recorded long queues of motorists, while some stations were shut as their attendants claimed to have run out of stock. The situation led to serious traffic logjam along some of the major roads in Lagos metropolis as Oando filling station in Lawanson Bus Stop Surulere; Forte filling station, Fadeyi, Ikorodu Road; NNPC filling station, Abule; Total filling station, Maryland, Agege and Alaba, all recorded long queues of motorists.

It was learnt that despite the availability of this product and assurances, some filling stations along Badagry Road, specifically from Agbara to Badagry, dispense at N100 and N120 against the regulated price of N87. One of the motorists at Total filling station in Maryland, who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity, argued that the situation had not changed. He said: “Despite the terrible experience over the weekend, which saw petrol being sold at filling stations across the state at N140 to N150 per litre, we still have to queue for hours to buy petrol at some of the stations that sell this product


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