Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder As Fewer Stations Sell, Long Queues Persist

Kunle Adelabu

Long queue of vehicles at MALOK Petrol Station on Monday.

Despite the assurances by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the current fuel scarcity would not persist, the fuel scarcity currently being faced by the country has continued to bite harder as more petrol stations have not been selling Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) for days while few one that are selling are faced with long human and vehicular queues.

The situation, particularly in Ikorodu is getting worsen on daily basis as more residents are now going out without their vehicles due to their inability to get fuel.

There has also been less usage of generator by residents due to the fuel scarcity despite that power supply has gone from bad to worse.

Our reporter, who went round the town today, reported that few petrol stations were selling fuel and there were long queues in such places.

At MALOK petrol station which has been selling the product, there was long queues of vehicles and residents with jerry cans.

Residents queuing for petrol with their jerry cans at the MALOK station

The management of the station had locked its gate when our reporter visited because there were many vehicles inside the premises struggling to get fuel.

Our reporter also witnessed long queues of residents with jerry cans at the station when our reporter visited.

THE IMPACT saw a lawyer lamenting after he was able to buy 10 litres fuel in a jerry can. He said that he has been unable to take out any of his cars for day because there is no fuel.

Some of the vehicle owners locked outside the filling station were also complaining that they were not being allowed to go inside.

THE IMPACT also gathered that SMART petrol station opposite the General Hospital, Ikorodu, was also selling fuel with long queues that spiralled into the main road, thereby, causing heavy traffic along the T.O.S. Benson Avenue.

Situation at the Mobil Petrol Station, Ebute on Monday.

MOBIL Station beside the popular F1 Bar in Ebute area  of Ikorodu West LCDA, was empty when our reporter visited. The filling station has remained like that since the inception of the current fuel scarcity.

The situation was the same at the Oando Petrol stations along the Igbogbo/Ebute Road and the one located few metres away from the HOMAT Event Centre on Oba Molaja Road, Igbogbo.

There was also no fuel at the BOND filling station when our reporter visited earlier this morning.

Meanwhile, residents have been complaining over the increment in the fares of commercial motorcycles, popularly called ‘Okada’, and other public transport.

Oando filling station along Ebute/Igbogbo road empty on Monday due to lack of petrol.
Another empty Mobil Station at Owode junction, along Oba Molaja Road, Ikorodu.

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