Fuel scarcity hits states, litre sells above N100

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Daniel Adugbo, Abuja, Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina, Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano, Shehu Umar, Gusau, Hope Abah, Makurdi, Hir Joseph, Jos, Kabiru R. An­war, Yola & Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Bauchi

An ap­par­ent fuel scarcity might have re­turned in some parts of the coun­try lead­ing to queues in fuel sta­tions, Daily Trust can re­port.

A litre of Premium Mo­tor Spirit (PMS) pop­u­larly called petrol sells for N100 in Katsina just as long ve­hi­cles queues were seen at the few fill­ing sta­tions that dis­pensed the com­mod­ity yes­ter­day.

Many petrol sta­tions were closed just as the few that sold were be­sieged by large num­ber of cus­tomers all try­ing to buy at ex­or­bi­tant prices.

In Kano, our reporter ob­served that most of the fill­ing sta­tions within the me­trop­o­lis did not sell fuel to cus­tomers, while the few that op­er­ated wit­nessed long queues.

Daily Trust ob­served that mo­torists re­sorted to go­ing to out­skirts towns like Gezawa, Kura and Wudil among other towns that are not far from the state cap­i­tal to fill their tanks.

Also, fuel queues re­turned in some of the fill­ing sta­tions in Zam­fara State.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the dif­fer­ence in price of the prod­uct greatly in­flu­enced queues at the petrol sta­tions just as long queues per­sisted in many fill­ing sta­tions yes­ter­day in some parts of Benue State.

Our cor­re­spon­dent who went round many fill­ing sta­tions in Makurdi, the state cap­i­tal, ob­served that only few of them were dis­pens­ing the prod­uct while oth­ers were com­pletely shut.

Most mo­torists were equally in a fix as to whether to queues for long hours or buy at the black mar­ket at the cost of be­tween N150 and N200 per litre.

In Plateau State, mo­torists com­plained that the pre­vail­ing scarcity is bit­ing hard on them and com­pelled to queue up for a long time at fill­ing sta­tions.

In Jos, the state cap­i­tal, mo­torists say the sit­u­a­tion was worse as only few petrol sta­tions have been sell­ing re­cently.

Also, long queues per­sisted in Yola, Adamawa State, as petrol price rose amid scarcity.

Checks re­veal that mo­torists spend hours at petrol sta­tions wait­ing to buy fuel at N110 per liter while most fill­ing sta­tions were closed.

How­ever, the fuel scarcity lead­ing to the ap­pear­ance of fuel queues in Bauchi me­trop­o­lis and some other ar­eas has sub­sided in the last two days.

How­ever, the NNPC said: “We can con­firm that an ad­di­tional daily sup­ply of 306 trucks of PMS which is the equiv­a­lent of over 10 mil­lion litres of petrol has been in­jected to pro­vide ex­tra daily sup­ply to Kano, Minna, Suleja/Abuja, Gusau, Katsina as well as Kaduna.”

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NYSC 2015 Batch ‘B’ corps mem­bers ar­rive for screen­ing and ac­cred­i­ta­tion at the NYSC Ori­en­ta­tion Camp in Kubwa, Abuja yes­ter­day.

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