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  Many motorists in the Federal Capital Territory FCT have reported persistent fuel shortages in and around the territory The motorists who spoke to the Nigerian News Agency on Monday in Abuja said the situation that had dragged on for more than four weeks was causing difficulties A correspondent who monitored the situation reports that many gas stations were not selling the product while the few stations that were selling had long queues it also reports that the shortage is biting hard as many travelers are stranded Following the development some petrol stations had adjusted the pump price per liter of petrol except for the retail outlets of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd which sells at N175 Some gas stations that have the product now sell between N195 and N250 noted that JENEP located in Azhata along Karshi road NNPCL retail outlet near GSM village Zone 1 and NNPCL Zone 4 outlet were seen selling with long queues The situation had caused a traffic jam when officials from the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC were seen controlling the traffic The shortage was initially due to roads and bridges in Kogi that made it difficult for trucks to move petroleum products there However the shortage had continued and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA has yet to comment on the development Motorists called on the Federal Government to intervene to end persistent fuel shortages to stop the suffering residents face A businessman who simply gave his name as Timothy said he was spending a lot of money patronizing black merchants adding that the only way he could survive was to increase the goods and services he provided to the public I buy 10 liters of petrol at N3 500 from black vendors as it is not easily available at service stations due to long queues It is unfortunate that no gas station sells below N175 And you can t buy jerry cans to run your generator if you don t drive a car he said Tobi Emmanuel a motorist denounced the pain he had been experiencing for more than four weeks adding that he spent many productive hours at service stations and made little or no profit Today most stations are not selling along my route which is Nyanyaa so I managed to get to NNPC Zone 4 is still hopeless due to intimidating queues he said Another consumer Ms Rose Ogbuu expressed her discontent with the situation adding that despite the fluctuation in the price of the pump if fuel was always available people would not complain Public officials and other passengers also denounced the lack of transportation and the fare increase enabled saying it was demoralizing According to them commercial drivers are now charging N400 for a N250 route due to shortages Edited eniola williams Source Credit NAN
Motorists decry lingering fuel scarcity, want FG’s intervention

Federal Capital Territory

Many motorists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have reported persistent fuel shortages in and around the territory.

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News Agency

The motorists, who spoke to the Nigerian News Agency on Monday in Abuja, said the situation that had dragged on for more than four weeks was causing difficulties.

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A correspondent, who monitored the situation, reports that many gas stations were not selling the product, while the few stations that were selling had long queues.

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it also reports that the shortage is biting hard as many travelers are stranded.

National Petroleum Company Limited

Following the development, some petrol stations had adjusted the pump price per liter of petrol, except for the retail outlets of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd), which sells at N175.

N195 and N250

Some gas stations that have the product now sell between N195 and N250.

NNPCL Zone

noted that JENEP, located in Azhata, along Karshi road, NNPCL retail outlet, near GSM village, Zone 1 and NNPCL Zone 4 outlet, were seen selling with long queues.

Federal Road Safety Corps

The situation had caused a traffic jam when officials from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were seen controlling the traffic.

The shortage was initially due to roads and bridges in Kogi that made it difficult for trucks to move petroleum products there.

Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority

However, the shortage had continued and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has yet to comment on the development.

Federal Government

Motorists called on the Federal Government to intervene to end persistent fuel shortages to stop the suffering residents face.

A businessman who simply gave his name as Timothy said he was spending a lot of money patronizing black merchants, adding that the only way he could survive was to increase the goods and services he provided to the public.

“I buy 10 liters of petrol at N3,500 from black vendors as it is not easily available at service stations due to long queues.

“It is unfortunate that no gas station sells below N175. And you can’t buy jerry cans to run your generator if you don’t drive a car,” he said.

Tobi Emmanuel

Tobi Emmanuel, a motorist, denounced the pain he had been experiencing for more than four weeks, adding that he spent many productive hours at service stations and made little or no profit.

“Today most stations are not selling along my route which is Nyanyaa so I managed to get to NNPC, Zone 4 is still hopeless due to intimidating queues,” he said.

Rose Ogbuu

Another consumer, Ms. Rose Ogbuu, expressed her discontent with the situation, adding that despite the fluctuation in the price of the pump, if fuel was always available, people would not complain.

Public officials and other passengers also denounced the lack of transportation and the fare increase enabled, saying it was demoralizing.

According to them, commercial drivers are now charging N400 for a N250 route due to shortages.

============Edited. eniola williams

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Source Credit: NAN

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