Despite assurances from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) of their capacity to restore normalcy in the supply and distribution of fuel by last weekend, long queues still persist in filling stations.
The situation had led to an increase in transport fare by 100% and many commuters stranded while others have resorted to trekking to thier Destinations.
KFM correspondent who went round some filling stations In the FCT reports that many motorists, keke drivers, motorcyclists popularly known as Okada Riders as well as those with Jericans were all in long queues waiting for fuel.
Speaking with Kapital Fm, Mr Sunday Agbaje said his decision to queue at the filling station was hinged on a rumour that the station might have fuel later in the day”
“This fuel scarcity in Abuja is a serious problem oh, I spent almost three hours at the filling station in a queue yet no fuel. Hakeem Ahmed said”
A civil servant, Bunmi Muyiwa , said: “I live in Lugbe, and the transport fare which used to be N200 before is now between N400 or N500. So I have to spend N1,000 on transport per day.
Meanwhile, black marketers have capitalised on the shortage of the Premium Motor Spirit, to make brisk business by selling petrol between the rate of N400- 1000 per litre.
However the Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited in a statement says it has commenced 24-hour operations at depots and retail outlets to restore normal supply and distribution of petrol across the country.
The statement further says it has over a billion litres of petrol that is safe for use in vehicles and machinery .
By Shakirat Alabi