Motorists sleep in filling stations as fuel scarcity worsens

Scarcity of petrol has become unbearable in Ekiti as motorists now sleep in filling stations across the state to have the opportunity to buy.

Some of the motorists at the filling station on Wednesday morning were busy washing their faces with water.

One of the motorists, Bolaji Oguntuase, expressed disappointment with the fuel marketers for hoarding the product and making them to suffer under the sun all day.

He said many of the marketers had fuel, but deliberately decided not to sell to create artificial fuel scarcity.

”I slept inside my car outside the compound of NNPC before I could buy fuel this morning,” he said.

Another motorist, Bidemi Owolabi, said he did not expect the marketers to punish motorists by hoarding fuel.

He called for understanding of the marketers, saying that inadequate fuel in circulation could destablise all forms of businesses in the state.

‎Owolabi said most of them had to sleep in filling stations, while others bought from black markets to carry on with their daily business.

He said BOVAS and NNPC were the two ‎filling stations that were consistent in selling fuel.

The State Commissioner for Information, Youth and Sports, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi, ‎described the situation as unfortunate.

He expressed displeasure that Ekiti residents could go through the problem.

Ogunsuyi said the state government had appealed to the fuel marketers not to add to the sufferings of the people by inflating the price of fuel and hoarding the commodity as well.

“I am so much disappointed at the attitude of the marketers who are hoarding this fuel, they should have sympathy on the people and sell the fuel to them.

“We have been appealing to the fuel marketers to sell to the people, but we cannot force them with task force because it is only the Federal Government that has the power to punish or close any filling stations that refuses to sell,” he said.

BOVAS and NNPC in Ado-Ekiti are the two filling stations that are currently selling at the price of N143 per litre.

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