Residents of Ibadan have condemned the negative attitude of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) as the scarcity of premium motor spirit known as petrol bites harder.

They made their displeasure known in Ibadan while speaking with a Radio Nigeria correspondent who monitored the situation in Ibadan, the state capital. 

The Residents lamented the hardship being faced in buying the product, saying the NMDPRA had failed to perform optimally as Nigerians were facing a lot of difficulties to get fuel. 

Buying petrol has become a tug of war as we are struggling to get the product due to its scarcity and hike in the price of the product

The authority that is supposed to be checking the filling stations’ excesses are not performing and need to be scrapped because we are surfing.”

Another resident said, “The hike in price in PMS by the marketers had affected transport fare and cost of food items and IPMAN  was lamenting the high cost of purchasing from the Private depot in Lagos and the authorities that to check the filling stations folded their arms“.

Some motorists who spoke with Radio Nigeria bare their minds on the situation. 

The several hours spent in the queue  is too much because those filling  stations are exploiting us.” 

Government needs to attend to the situation urgently because it is a big punishment.”

I have been sleeping in the filling station that sells at One hundred and eighty naira per litre to enable me to take the children to school since I cannot afford to buy the black market ” 

Our correspondent reports that gridlocks were observed at most filling stations selling the product below two hundred naira per litre while the product price per litre at most Independent filling stations in Ibadan ranges from 250 to 300 naira and black market price ranges between Four hundred to five hundred naira per litre.

The black marketers displayed different jerrycans, calling the attention of vehicle owners for patronage. 

Efforts to speak with the Comptroller, Nigerian Upstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Ibadan Field Office to react to the situation were unsuccessful as he was unavailable for comments when Radio Nigeria visited the office. 

Olukemi Akintunde 

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