Fuel Scarcity Gets Worse in Lagos

By Shaka Braimah

The fuel scarcity in Lagos, which has been on for over one weeks now, is getting worse by the day as most filling stations are under lock and key, claiming they have run out of supplies.

The situation is such that some motorists now pass the night at filling stations to enable them get petrol for their daily activities.

However, while most filling stations complain of no fuel, the situation appears the opposite among black market operators, who have been making brisk sales, charging as much as four hundred naira and even more for a litter of petrol.0

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to places like Marina, Obalende, Ogba, Agege, lkotun, lkeja, surulere and ketu, shows that the situation appears to be the same as motorists are seen passing through hard times trying to get fuel for their destinations

Some motorists, who usually leave early for work in order to beat the usual Lagos traffic, said they had to patronise black market operators since they could not get the product at filling stations, after queuing up for hours.

The worsening fuel crisis has affected prices of goods and srevices as the few vehicles on the roads have increased their transport fares astronomically.

Also, prices of foodstuffs have also gone up since the buyers and sellers would need transport to convey their goods to the markets.

Meanwhile, some angry residents have accused marketers of hoarding the product in a bid to create artificial scarcity.

In Lekki, a transporter, Gabriel Audu blamed the long queues on the conduct of some petrol attendants who prefer to sell to buyers with gallons because of the additional charges they pay, while motorists remained on queues.

Others in different parts of the metropolis shared their experiences.

From Ìyànà Ipaja to Agege, Oshodi to Ikeja; Ojuelegba, Victoria Island, Lekki ,Ajah and others, people were seen with varying sizes of jericans, moving from one filling station to another in search of petrol

The respondents called on the authorities to urgently resolve the fuel problem in order to alleviate the sufferings of the masses, especially now that the festive season is fast approaching.

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