By Oluwatoyin Adegoke

The lingering fuel scarcity has paralysed socio-economic activities in some parts of Ogun state which also contributed  to low turnout of Students in both Public and Private schools as new academic sessions begins in the State.

Radio Nigeria learnt that the sudden and artificial scarcity of fuel was already taking its painful toll on commuters and transporters alike in Kobape, Sagamu, Ijebu- Ode, Ayetoro town, and Abeokuta the State capital, among other towns.

The situation was aggravated by the fact that many motorists were specifically targeting NNPC filling stations at Iyana-Motuary, Ijaye, Kolobo amongst other locations, where fuel was reportedly being sold at a lower price of N580 compared to other outlets which sell for N700, N750 and N800.

Students in Primary and Secondary School Students also shared in the hardship as some were stranded at Paseke, Iyana Mortuary, Ijaye, Sapon and other bus stops waiting for Public Vehicles to convey them to their different destinations. 

The proprietress of a School at Oke-Mosan area of Abeokuta, speaking with Radio Nigeria disclosed that the school recorded a very low turnout of students, compared to the normal situation on resumption days, adding that those who came to school also came in very late.

Some motorists who spoke on the development lamented over the high price of the commodity, while some said the hike in the price of the product had further led to an increase in the price of other commodities in the state capital.

Some Road users including, Mr Gbenga Olanrewaju and Miss Tola Rapheal said most filling stations were locked under the guise that there was no fuel, while black marketers were selling a litre of petrol between N800 and N1,200 to motorists who could not wait in long queues.

They appealed to the federal government to wade into the situation and find a lasting solution to it, before it got out of hand, saying Nigerians were already getting tired of numerous hardships being experienced.

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