Fuel Scarcity: Commuters Stranded, Motorists Lament As Long Queues Resurface in Lagos

Fuel Scarcity: Commuters Stranded, Motorists Lament As Long Queues Resurface in Lagos

  • Vehicles have resumed fuel queues again in some parts of Lagos state following claims by members of Petroleum Tanker Drivers and rising diesel cost affects their operation
  • The tanker drivers claimed that the cost of bringing petroleum products to fuel stations has become alarmingly high
  • Meanwhile, gas suppliers in Lagos earlier hinted that diesel might rise as high as N1500 in the coming weeks if nothing is done to address the situation

On Monday, June 20, long queues for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, have resurfaced in filling stations across Lagos state, The Punch reports.

This is coming two weeks after the long queues were first spotted in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and neighbouring Nasarawa and Niger states, among others.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved an increase in the freight rate being paid to transporters of petroleum products in a bid to clear the persistent fuel queues by motorists in parts of the country.

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Motorists queue to buy fuel at a filling station in Lagos on December 22, 2009. Photo credit: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP
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Fuel scarcity persists in Abuja, other states

Oil marketers had repeatedly complained that the lingering fuel queues in Abuja and neighbouring Nasarawa and Niger states, among others, were due to the inability of petroleum product transporters to purchase the diesel required to run their trucks.

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This, they said, was due to the hike in the pump price of diesel, which was currently dispensed at about N850 per litre.

However, as commuters await the effect of the increase in the freight rate, fuel queues have now been spotted at several filling stations in Lagos.

The development has however affected motorists as well as commuters in the state.

Fuel scarcity: PDP New Generation berates APC-led govt, says Atiku has a better plan

The PDP New Generation has lamented over the inability of the Buhari-led administration to address the reoccurring fuel scarcity in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja.

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Fuel queues resurfaced in the Nigerian capital this week, subjecting residents to hardship, coupled with the epileptic power supply in the city.

The group stated that the reoccurring fuel scarcity in the FCT is synonymous with the general failure of the APC-led government since it took over power in 2015.

Take note: Fuel scarcity looms in Ondo, Ekiti over petrol tanker drivers crisis

A protracted crisis is rocking the Ore Unit of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG). The Ore Unit is under Warri Zone. It controls both Ondo and Ekiti states.

The crisis, it was gathered, followed the refusal of the current leadership of the union to leave office after spending 8 years. The leadership was also accused of deliberately refusing to conduct an election for new leadership to emerge.

Members of the association in Ore Unit are also accusing the zonal leadership of the association in Warri of collecting a N10 Million bribe from the Ore Unit leadership in order to allow them stay in office without election.

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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