Commuters in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State have started groaning over the sudden scarcity of premium spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, that has struck the capital city.
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Daily Trust gathered on Monday in Lokoja that most petrol stations have closed their gates to their customers, on the pretext that their storage tanks have gone dry of stock.
The survey showed that except skeletal services by a few petrol stations in Lokoja in the early morning of Monday, gates of most filling stations were under locks and keys.
The few motorists that shuttle within Lokoja metropolis and across the state were forced to source their fuel from a parallel market, popularly known as Black Market, resulting in the increase in transport fares within and across the state instantly.
Daily Trust noticed that many workers, both in private and public institutions were seen trekking to their offices despite the long distance. Some who did not find it easy to get to work took the decision to stay at home.
Also, it was reliably gathered that some petrol filling stations’ operators in Lokoja decided to create artificial scarcity to drive home a point of interest.
A petrol manager who craved anonymity told Daily Trust that the station has enough stock but there was an order from ‘above’ to suspend sale till further notice.