Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder In Lagos, Abuja

More of commercial activities were paralyzed in Lagos on Wednesday as fuel scarcity continued.

Some of the petrol stations that sold the Premium Motor Spirit, PSM on Monday and Tuesday had closed their gates due to lack of the products.

Most of the fuel depots in Apapa where the filling stations could upload had not received PMS from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, according to findings.

Both private car owners and commercial bus drivers parked their vehicles at the filling stations, waiting for tankers to bring fuel.

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The scarcity, which started on Monday became pronounced on Tuesday and Wednesday with few cars now plying the roads due to lack of gasoline.

Commuters were stranded. Transport fares had increased and yet the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu had not made any statement to address the scarcity.

Commenting, a petrol dealer (Names withheld) along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway said that the scarcity might linger if the Federal Government would not intervene.

He said that most filling stations were selling their reserves with the hope that NNPC would supply the various depots in Ejigbo and Apapa.

“We have been making noise over this but nothing is done. We spend more to get fuel from Independent Petroleum Marketers and nobody will like to sell at a loss,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the situation had extended to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

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