Fuel scarcity bites harder in Lagos

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

The current fuel scarcity in Nigeria has been having a ripple effect on the economic activities across the Lagos metropolis.

This situation has caused untold hardship on many residents of the state who are groaning under the tense condition of not finding the fuel to buy to power their vehicles as commuters are asked to pay through their nose to get to their destinations.

It has been unbearable for motorists in and around the city as the fuel stations sell above the official pump price of N86.00 or N86.50K for a liter.

At some of the fuel stations visited, a liter of fuel was sold at the rate of N200 and above, while the black market operators are having a field day selling at exorbitant prices.

Ripple effect
A public transporter, Adekunle Mobereola says it has been a terrible moments since the scarcity began and his business has been the worst hit.

According to him, “I have never had a five-hour sleep since the fuel crisis started because I spent most of my time at the fuel station.”

Mobereola explained that the situation where one has to spend most of the working hours at the fuel station and later end up sleeping over at the same spot was worrisome.

On her part, Janet Chukwu condemned the hardship everyone had to face on a daily basis narrating how she manages herself.

“I spent close to three to four hours at the bus station sometime before I could get on the bus because there are fewer buses plying the road and you have to struggle your way to get one most time. And the transport fare has been huge, double of what we used to pay,” she said.

Meanwhile, as a result of the vehicles waiting to buy fuel at the road side filling stations, it has led to traffic build up.

A public transporter, Ehiz Akpan who was held in a traffic gridlock for several hours said the situation was unbearable.

“After all I had spent to get the fuel, I still find myself in traffic as a result of fuel scarcity and as a business transporter; how will I get my money back considering the hours that had been wasted?” he queried.

Black market
Adamu Abdullahi, however canvassed for appropriate punishment on the petrol marketers who under-dispensed or over-priced fuel.Black-market

Abdullahi wants security agents to clamp down on the black market operators who sell petrol at unofficial and exorbitant prices.

In an interview with Energy expert, Kayode Akerele says the extension of the nation’s pipeline to other parts of the country was the key.

Akerele said “in order to reducing the lingering fuel scarcity in the country the extension of the oil pipelines to other parts of the country remain a way to go as this would ease transportation of fuel.”

He, however, condemned rowdy atmosphere observed at most of the fuel stations, stressing that the authority must control the idea of selling fuel into the containers.

Akerele also urged government to do the needful by ensuring that the nation’s refineries perform optimally and the oil pipelines protected from vandals.