Fuel scarcity worsens, bites harder in FCT

Fuel scarcity

Massive gridlock occasioned by fuel scarcity

Residents and motorists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environment have continued to lament the hardship being experienced due to the continuos scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), known as petrol.

A correspondent who monitored the filling stations on Friday reported that long queues of vehicles were seen at all the stations that have the petroleum product.

Those that have the product were dispensing at N195 per litre while the NNPC Limited Retail stations were dispensing N194 per litre.

A good number of the filling stations were seen without the product.

In the City centre, the NNPC Limited Mega station by Church Gate and NNPC Limited retail station at Zone 1, Wuse were seen with long queues of vehicles.

Conoil and TotalEnergies filling stations, opposite NNPC Limited Towers also had long queues of vehicles.

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The situation is also the worse along Nyanya-Keffi highway, as many filling stations did not have petroleum products, while along Lugbe, Airport road, queues were seen at Danmana, NIPCO, Shafa and AA Rano filling stations.

Many motorists expressed dissatisfaction over the non-availability of the product, adding that the situation was frustrating and demoralising as they normally stay over the next day to get fuel.

“I usually queue till 12 midnight and the next day to get fuel. If not, my taxi business will suffer a loss,” Mr Ismaila Jimoh said.

My Sadiq Yakubu said he was on Coupon Queue, and to be charged through his credit card but it had not been easy. He called on the Federal Government to hasten up with a laudable decision to resolve it.

Mr Peter Okpe, Manager of TotalEnergies station who appealed to the government to find a lasting solution to the crisis said the station always served motorists for 24 hours but the queues had become too long because enough product was not in circulation.

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