Energy

Frustrations, Lamentations as Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder

Residents of Ibadan have expressed disappointment and frustration over the persistent fuel scarcity in the metropolis.

A visit by Radio Nigeria correspondent to some filling stations in the metropolis revealed that most of them were not dispensing the product while those that have the product sell it between two hundred and fifty naira and three hundred naira per litre. 

The fuel scarcity, which started last year in November, has seen many motorists queue at the filling station as early as 6 o clock in the morning, making them lose many work hours.

 Two motorists, Agbele Olalekan and Deji Oyetunde, who were visibly stressed due to the long waits at a popular private station, condemned most of the filling stations for creating artificial scarcity to exploit people.

In the meantime, the persistent fuel scarcity has continued to cause disruption of the free flow of traffic around where the product was available and being dispensed as motorists queue indiscriminately on the road.

One of the major marketers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described the persistently long queue at his filling station as unbearable.

However, the Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, covering Oyo and Osun states, Bukola Mutiu said Federal Government has approved one hundred and eighty-five naira per litre for premium motor spirit, also known as petrol which was formerly pegged at one hundred and sixty-five naira per litre, saying eighty per cent of filling stations in Oyo State are independent.

Alhaji Mutiu, however, reiterated that the inability of the Federal Government to supply the product to depots had compelled their members to buy from the private depots in Lagos and Warri, Delta states, far above government-approved prices.

Olukemi Akintunde

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