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‘There is no fuel….no electricity’



• Motorists still battle with fuel scarcity as some filling stations sell only  at night

MOTORISTS, including transport owners and commuters in Lagos have continued to groan under the pressure of fuel scarcity, which has entered its fifth day.

   When The Guardian monitored the situation yesterday, many filling stations still had their outlets closed to motorists. At some locations, the attendants sat instead of standing beside their pumps while the entrance to the filling stations remained shut, signifying ‘No fuel.’     

   Only a few stations had  long queues. 

  At Abesan Estate, the First Royal Oil had its entrances shut with attendants maintaining their positions at the pumps but they were not dispensing petrol to motorists.

   Car owners who saw the attendants at their posts from a distance were disappointed when they drew nearer, they saw the entrances shut. 

   At Rinsayo Oil, near the Federal Estate, Ipaja road axis in Lagos, there were a few vehicles inside the station but there was no sign of the attendants selling to anyone.

   At Good Morning Oil Station at Moshalashi, Ayobo Road, the station was virtually empty with no attention to any motorist. 

  The situation was slightly different at FO Filling Station, near Cement Bus Stop along Oshodi-Abeokuta Expressway. There was a long queue of vehicles, as it appeared it was the only one selling at that axis. 

   Indications, however, revealed that some of the filling stations that refused to sell in the daytime were selling at night. At about 12 mid-night on Monday, a filling station at Egbeda was selling with the gates wide open and their workers inviting motorists to enter and buy.    

    Only a few motorists bought quickly and left the station, which was devoid of those buying into gallons and jerry cans. It was discovered that  instead of N87 per litre, the product was sold at N100 per litre to the motorists. 

   At Abesan, a filling station also had its hands full on Monday night with large numbers of vehicles struggling to buy fuel.

   There were a lot of people who also came with jerry cans either to buy for their cars or generating sets. The station was still very crowded up till about 1.15a.m. on Tuesday. 

   Commuters continued to bear the brunt of the fuel scarcity as transport fares shot up yesterday.

Commercial transport operators, who managed to get fuel, increased their fare by over 100 per cent in many parts of Lagos.

   A civil servant who lives in Ikorodu said there was no scarcity as many filling stations opened and were selling at N100 per litre, ignoring government’s directive to revert to N87, adding “ there is no fuel and no electricity as well .” 



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