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Fuel scarcity worsens despite additional supplies by NNPC

To eliminate the noticeable queues arising from what it said were ‘induced’ scarcity, NNPC disclosed that over 209 million litres of petrol was discharged in…

To eliminate the noticeable queues arising from what it said were ‘induced’ scarcity, NNPC disclosed that over 209 million litres of petrol was discharged in Lagos ports with the extra volume of product intended to eliminate the queues but this effort seemed to have had little impact as the situation worsened.
 In Abuja, where long queues appear to occasionally disappear, the situation worsened yesterday as long queues of vehicles were seen in most filling stations within and outside the city centre.
Presently, residents of Bwari, Abaji, Nyanya, Jikwoyi, Masaka, Dutse, Madalla and other towns located in the outskirts of Abuja,  and neighbouring states buy fuel for as high as N200 per little.
Our correspondent monitored filling stations at the outskirts towns of Giri, Gwagwalada, Airport Road and Central Business District in Abuja, and reports that most NNPC mega stations, Mobil and Total stations recorded the longest queues of vehicles with motorist expressing their frustration over the situation.
The long queues at the filing stations resulted in traffic gridlocks, in major roads in Abuja, forcing motorists to divert to unconventional routes.
It also appears that the authorities have relaxed every form of monitoring as fuel black marketers openly do their business.
Right in front of the NNPC Towers at the Total Filling station yesterday, a handful of them were seen selling openly to willing buyers at N180 per litre.  
Some motorists in the capital who spoke to Daily Trust expressed their worries, saying that government has allowed the situation to aggravate.
“Maybe, Nigeria’s crude oil is gradually drying up, this is a warning sign that our oil will soon dry up” said Mr. Sola Adams, a civil servant.
Others averred that if the scarcity problem is not quickly addressed, it may trigger a rise in transport fares and the prices of other commodities.

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