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Motorists, commuters lament as fuel scarcity bites harder in Ibadan

By Moyosore Salami, Ibadan
24 February 2022   |   3:54 am
It was all lamentation, yesterday, for motorists and commuters as the lingering scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), across the country, bit harder in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

It was all lamentation, yesterday, for motorists and commuters as the lingering scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), across the country,  bit harder in Ibadan, the  Oyo State capital.
   
The scarcity made thousands of motorists, both private and commercial,  to spend several hours queuing in petrol stations in desperation to get the commodity.
   
Some mega petrol stations like Total and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which were selling at the fixed price of N162 per litre, had longer queues, while queues at petrol stations selling for between N195  and  N200 per litre were lesser.
    


The queues were more visible in city centres like Iwo Road,  Ojo  and Mokola RoundAbout, while transportation fares have gone up across the state.
    
For Instance,  transport fare, which used to be N100 from Iwo Road to Ojo has gone up to N150.
    
Some commercial drivers who spoke to The Guardian blamed the hike in prices on the high cost of the product in the black market.
   
Motorists and commuters expressed frustration that they had to pay more to get the product when Nigeria is an oil producing nation.

They lamented that President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government is adding injury to the challenges of already traumatised Nigerians.
 
A motorist, Mukaila Abayomi, who spoke with The Guardian  at SAO Filling Station , Sango, lamented that apart from paying higher to get the fuel, touts have also taken over the entrances of many of  petrol stations in the state, where they charged  between N100 and N200 before allowing people to enter.
    


A hairdresser at Challenge Bus Stop said he spent several hours on queue at one of the filing stations just to buy 5 litres of fuel to run his generating set.
    
Also, Jide Aina , who was commuting  from Moniya area to Bodiya, expressed frustration over the scarcity of PMS.
 
According to him, he thought that the scarcity has subsided but with what he  witnessed yesterday, it appears that there is no respite in sight.
 
“Transportation fare is becoming something else. All the commercial buses, especially Micra Car operators refused to collect N50 fare due to the fuel crisis.
 
“We appeal to President Buhari to quickly intervene in the situation,” he added.
  

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