Nigerians Resort to Trekking As Fuel Scarcity Worsens.

As the blame game between the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited and 4 oil trading companies on who is responsible for the importation of the contaminated petrol rages on, the fuel scarcity appears to have persisted in Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos and the country’s administrative capital, Abuja.

This is despite assurances from NNPC and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) of their capacity to restore normalcy in the supply and distribution of good quality fuel by last weekend and eliminate long queues of vehicles at the various filling stations.

The NNPC had ordered a recall of the contaminated fuel from the marketers leading to a shortage in supply and the emergence of black marketers who sell the scarce product in jerry cans between N400 to N800 per litre as a result of petrol scarcity.

Investigation by Nairametrics showed that the fuel supply situation which seemed to have improved last week Friday in some parts of Lagos with fewer queues of vehicles in filling stations, appear to have worsened by Sunday with many filling stations shutting their doors to motorists.

It was noticed that majority of the filling stations in Ikeja, Ogudu, Surulere, Oshodi, Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Amuwo Odofin, were not selling fuel, while the few that were open for business, had long queues of vehicles.

Many resorted to trekking to their destinations seeing that many public transport providers are trapped in the filling stations waiting to get fuel.

Long queues could be seen in the few stations selling with both private and commercial motorists complaining about the situation as commuters were stranded in various bus stops.

In some areas of Abuja, fuel is sold in black markets at the rate of N400- 1000 per litre.
The fuel crisis has also affected the cost of transportation as fares have doubled around every district of the city.

What you should know

  • Recall that oil marketers and some stakeholders had earlier attributed the current fuel scarcity in Lagos, Abuja and some other states to the withdrawal of adulterated petrol by the NNPC. They said that some of the petrol imported into the country under the Direct Sale, Direct Purchase (DSDP) contract had a high content of methanol and ethanol, which are regarded as highly harmful.

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