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Persistent Fuel Scarcity: Motorists task NNPC, others on supply

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Concerned motorists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have frowned at the current fuel scarcity being experienced in the territory and environs.

Speaking with pressmen on Thursday in Abuja, the motorists expressed displeasure over the reoccurrence of long queues at most filling stations.

They urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) and other regulatory bodies to aggressively monitor filling stations that appear to be hoarding petroleum products.

According to the motorists, such stations should be sanctioned.

A check on some fuel stations in the territory revealed that most of them were not selling petroleum products while only a few were seen selling.

The long queues had caused heavy gridlocks around the areas where the stations selling fuel were located.

The development has caused hardship on commuters as transportation has become difficult to get.

The motorists also have the perception that some marketers and fuel stations were hoarding the products.

NAN reports that some of the fuel stations dispensing the products include the Conoil and Total filling stations opposite the NNPC Towers, which had long queues.

At Karshi road, only three stations including Forte Oil, Conoil and Best Albino (Black Market) were selling fuel at between N180 and N285, while NNPC Limited Outlet in Karu was selling at N179.

NNPCL Retail station and SALBAS fueling station close to Gwarimpa-Kado flyover along Kubwa expressway had fuel but with long queues.

The motorists urged the authorities to revoke the licences of fueling stations that have not dispensed products for months.

A motorist, Mr Godfrey Aremosele who decried the current scarcity said motorists were suspecting that those stations not selling fuel were lifting products to sell at higher prices in other states and outskirts, thereby causing shortage in Abuja.

Mr Donald Ugwu, another motorist said the situation was not predictable, adding that the suspicion was that marketers were trying to create artificial scarcity to hike the pump price from N180 being sold by some of their members.

According to him, it has not been easy for us during and after the yuletide as fuel price has been high in some areas and states which contributed to the high transportation fare experienced by travellers.

“In Enugu, I bought fuel last week at N340 per litre. I just bought today at N280 per litre at Haris fueling station Maraba, Nasarawa state.

“The government needs to address issues bordering on fuel crisis,” he said.

Another motorist who doesn’t want to be mentioned expressed displeasure at the situation, adding that there were a lot of things being hidden in the oil and gas sector especially in the subsidy regime.

“It is better to remove the subsidy completely for Nigerians to know the real price of petrol and face it squarely,” the motorist said.

The motorists, however, called on the NNPC Limited and other oil regulatory bodies to swing into action and enforce surveillance to fish out marketers and fuelling stations that were hoarding fuel.

NAN reports that as at the time of filing this report, effort made for authorities to react is yet to yield positive result. (NAN)

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