Motorists spend night at filling stations as fuel scarcity bites harder

Motorists spend night at filling stations as fuel scarcity bites harder

- Fuel scarcity has continued to pose a major problem in Nigeria

- The crisis seems to worsen during the yuletide seasons

- Some motorists said they spend their nights in fuel stations queuing for fuel across the nation

Many motorists spent the night at filling stations in Jos queuing for petrol as the fuel scarcity bites harder in the Plateau state capital.

The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent monitoring the fuel supply situation in Jos on Wednesday, December 13, reports that there are long queues at NNPC and Mobil stations selling the product at N145 regulated price.

NAN reports that there were minimum queues at other independent marketer’s stations selling at N190 a litre.

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An official at one of the filling stations selling fuel, who preferred anonymity, said that as at 7am, no fewer than 80 motorists were on queue at the station waiting for commencement of sales.

“We have issued over 76 motorists with the stations stamped and numbered tickets to access the station as soon as we open sales,” he told NAN.

The NNPC mega station on Murtala Muhammad Way was reportedly besieged by motorists who queued for about one kilometre from the station.

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Dadel Mangut, a motorist on the queue, said he did not mind the wait as the queue moved fast.

“Other stations sell-off their fuel to black marketers at night where a gallon of petrol now sells at N1,200.

“They see this as an opportunity to make money for the Christmas season,” he said.

Bagas Samuel, another motorist at Mobil, told NAN that a lot of people slept on the queue to ensure they got fuel at the right price.

Ceaser Douglas, operations controller, Jos office of the department of petroleum resources (DPR), however, told NAN that the situation would soon return to normal as stations have started receiving supply.

He said that sales were going on in an orderly manner at stations that he supervised just this morning.

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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has threatened to shutdown any filling station that hoards its products.

The group managing director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said the corporation will also depense the hoarded fuel free of charge to motorists.

Baru said such move is an aggressive measure that will be adopted to tackle the artificial scarcity of petroleum product in some parts country.

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Source: Naija.ng

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