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BREAKING: Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja, Price Increases, Car Owners Stranded

BREAKING: Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja, Price Increases, Car Owners Stranded

Information reaching us that, Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

Commuters in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, were on Monday stranded as scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called petrol resurfaced across the city.

Most filling stations between Kubwa and Zuba were not dispensing the product to customers.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

Most of the attendants in the filling stations visited by DAILY POST correspondent deliberately refused to dispense the products to customers who were helplessly on long queues.

Meanwhile, the few stations selling were dispensing above the normal pump price. Metres were adjusted to N165 as against N160 or N163 being the case earlier.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

In what seems to be based on directives from the authorities, the attendants declined to speak with reporters on what led to the resurgence of the scarcity, maintaining that they were ignorant of the cause.

A popular filling station along Airport Road, Lugbe, Abuja shut down operation before 4pm, claiming there was no fuel to dispense.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

Attempts to speak with marketers proved abortive as requests were declined, while some would only say, “we don’t know”.

This is coming barely one month after fuel scarcity crumbled economic activities in the FCT due to an alleged plan by the Federal Government to increase the pump price of the product.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja
Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

 

Recall that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. and other commercial stations shut down on March 2nd as marketers complained of scarcity in depots.

Meanwhile, it was a great day for the black marketers as price of the product skyrocketed, ranging from N300 to N350 per litre.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

One of the traders, Mr Ayuba who spoke with our correspondent in Kubwa said he was praying that the scarcity is prolonged to enable him make more money.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

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“After selling the one I have stored since yesterday, I managed to buy 10 other gallons from one filling station and I am glad that market is moving.

“The money I have made today surpassed my total interest since the beginning of the year,” he boasted.

Mr Yusuf, a fuel station supervisor, in one of the commercial stations, said he was surprised with the large crowd queuing up for fuel.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

He said he does not know what is happening, but that they have observed that other filling stations around are under lock and key.

“All our dispensing units are working, but we’re about to close now, I don’t know what we will do,” he said in the middle of the melee.

In other parts of the city, motorists were seen navigating their ways in the middle of queues to access the dispensing points for fuel but got frustrated by the reality.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

At 8:00 pm, one of the NNPC outlets visited in Lugbe stopped dispensing to customers, but some of the motorists refused to leave the petrol station.

“I am going to stay and wait until these guys close everywhere in this station today, only God knows what is happening,” a taxi driver who declined to have his name in print said.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

Another ‘frustrated’ customer who identified himself simply as Smart, lamented the incessant fuel scarcity in the FCT.

According to him, “the disturbing thing about this scarcity this evening is that there was no sign this was going to happen.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

“Is it that there is no fuel to sell or the Federal Government has ordered them not to sell to us?

“There was nothing like this yesterday otherwise, I would have endeavoured to fill my tank before leaving for work this morning.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

“Moving from here to my residence at Bwari is relatively impossible right now”.

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Also, along the Dutse-Bwari expressway, petrol stations like AYM Shafa and Mobil filling station were locked against motorists on Monday evening.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

Another customer on queue at a filling station who became violent over the inability to fill his car and gallon meant to power his house, and declined to identify himself, accused the FG of a possible plot to further hike the petroleum products.

“Who did we offend in this country? Why must everything turn upside down?

“Getting fuel with my own money has now become a problem.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

“If they want to increase it again, they should be open to us than just keeping us on the queue. What have we not seen before,”? He said.

A tricycle driver, Mr Babangida popularly called Aboki, told DAILY POST correspondent in Dutse Alhaji that the scarcity has the potency of crumbling transportation system within the city on Tuesday.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

“We came here to procure the fuel meant for tomorrow morning as we usually do but now, see what is happening.

“People that go to work very early in the morning will be stranded tomorrow as most of us will not be on the road for lack of fuel.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

“Other drivers who may luckily buy fuel today, will certainly increase fare tomorrow until normalcy returns”, he stated.

However, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kolo Kyari said there will be no increase in the ex-depot price of petrol.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

He disclosed this on Monday via the company’s social media post during a meeting he held with the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO)/Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD).

“Also, the GMD announced that there would be no increase in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in May 2021,” the post stated.

Fuel Scarcity Hit Abuja

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