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Residents call on FG to end fuel scarcity


Motorists queue at a filling station

Motorists queue at a filling station

Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts to end the lingering fuel scarcity in the country and turn around the economy.

This is the view of many of those who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Abaji on Monday.

Mr Felix Wodi, who resides at Abaji, FCT, said “I did not enjoy this Easter at all because I have been on queue at petrol station for hours and there has been
no power supply for more than a week in my area.

“I am appealing to the Federal Government to find lasting solution to this fuel scarcity as soon as possible because it is tearing Nigerians apart

Mr Saleh Abu, a resident of Kwali, also in the FCT, said he had been on queue for a while to buy petrol in his bike, saying he was not happy with the present situation in the country.

“I have been on queue since morning to get fuel for my bike but till now nothing; the pump metres have been adjusted but we have no choice.

“The Federal Government is trying its best to ensure better living condition for the public but we Nigerians also need to pray more for the country.”

The situation at Gwagwalada was not different as many motorists were seen at ASO filling station waiting for a petrol tanker to discharge fuel.

A resident of Kuje, Mrs Laraba Hassan, told NAN that she could not slaughter any chicken this Easter because of the hardship she was facing at the moment.

“It is quite frustrating that you can’t eat what you want in a festive period like this; I could not even afford a chicken to eat with my children.

“Easter celebration should be a time to have fun but as it is, it is looking miserable with the present economic situation.

“I urge all Christians to use this Easter period to pray for the restoration of peace and economic stability in our nation, Nigeria,’’ she said.

Mr Abraham Gado, an artisan in Kuje said he and his family were celebrating Easter on a low key as they could not travel to the village.

Mr Emeka Nonso, a businessman at Sauka in Kuje Area Council said that the economic downturn with the fuel scarcity across the country made the holiday boring.

At the popular recreational spot in Kuje called ‘DHALZY POINT’ usually populated during festive periods, NAN observed that only a few fun seekers were there on Monday.

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1 Comment
  • New Nigerian

    Prayer is good. However the effect is due to terrorism in the Niger Delta – cutting the pipelines leading to shut in of the refineries. This terrorism is worse than Boko Haram. They have succeeded in shutting down the refineries -leading to acute fuel shortage, the generating plants leading to power outages and export from one of the terminals. These Terrorists are terrorizing entire population of Nigeria – this is why it is worse than Boko Haram.

    It is a national security problem. The federal government MUST as a matter of urgency fish out and eliminate these terrorists with the same gusto it deployed to eliminating the scourge of Boko Haram. If not done, as soon as the pipelines are repaired, they’d blow it up again. And everyone that have ever participated in these crimes should be fished out and punished to the furthest extent of the law. Surveillance, including the use of drones, should be employed to eliminate these criminals by all means necessary.