Fuel Scarcity: Transportation fare skyrocketing, Nigerians lament

Petroleum marketers associations have attributed inability of marketers to access products from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) as compounding the build-up of queues at petrol stations.

Although the NNPCL last Thursday attributed the situation to tightness in supply which it claimed had been resolved, marketers have refuted this, saying there is insufficient supply.

Most of the commercial motorists were unable to operate because they were in queues at filling stations in different locations within the state capital in a bid to purchase fuel.


The scarcity, which is attributed to increased demand and supply challenges, led to a shortage of available public transport options

The NNPCL had last week, in the statement by its chief corporate communications officer, Olufemi. Soneye, stated that the tightness in the supply of petrol currently being experienced in some areas across the country was as a result of logistics issues and that they had been resolved.

NNPCL has also claimed that the prices of petroleum products were not being changed, and urged Nigerians to avoid panic buying as there is a sufficiency of products in the country.

However, the assurances did not change anything as the situation in across the 36 states, the situation worsened yesterday with many stations belonging to mostly independent marketers were  shut down

Some motorists on queue appealed to the state and federal  government to continue to monitor sales of fuel to check hoarding and reduce hardship occasioned by fuel scarcity in the nation

One of the commuters, Adam Ossai said: “I have been standing here for almost 45 minutes, waiting for a cab. Even the cabs that have stopped so far were charging exorbitant prices

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