According to Vanguard — The fuel crisis across the country worsened during the weekend, as most of the petrol stations were shut down leaving motorists stranded.
This was in spite of claims by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Friday, that it is injecting about 688 million of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, into the market. Motorists had to resort to the black market, where roadside petrol sellers now sell the commodity for as high as N250 per litre.
However, the NNPC, yesterday, promised that it was working to ensure that the situation is addressed quickly and assured Nigerians that the fuel supply situation will improve in the coming days.
In the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, almost all the petrol stations in Wuse, Maitama, Nyanya, Abuja-Keffi expressway, Asokoro, Jabi, Gwarinpa, Kubwa Expressway, Airport Road among others were closed while the few that were selling had long queues of motorists to contend with.
Some residents told Vanguard that they had to abandon their vehicles at home throughout the weekend, hoping to conserve the little fuel they had for their journey to their various offices during the week. Some of the respondents called on the Federal Government to intervene urgently and bring the situation under control, before it escalates.
In Lagos Fuel scarcity has also worsened with long queues observed in filling stations in some parts of the city. Vanguard learnt that the situation was made worse by the agitation of independent marketers that the Federal Government needs to pay them the difference occasioned by the sudden reduction from N97 to N87 per litre. The marketers had claimed to have imported fuel earlier based on the N97 price and had expected to be reimbursed.
To make good their threat, they have resorted to hoarding the product, thereby creating artificial scarcity.
Residents of Enugu and its environs have also lamented the scarcity of petroleum product. A motorist, Mr. Amaechi Ukwuani, regretted that”the scarcity has led to a hike in pump price of fuel in the state. Some of the filing stations where the product is available sell between N110 and N115 against government price of N87.
“The operators have cashed in on the scarcity to alter the meter reading. The quantity of product they dispense per litre is less than what it ought to be. Apart from the alteration, the quality of the product is questionable too. The situation has led to hike in fares for inter-city and intra-city transport services.”
Almost all the states in Nigeria are experiencing fuel scarcity which is not good for the country, especially during this period of election and devaluation of the naira. God help Nigeria!!!