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Motorists groan as fuel scarcity hits Jos



Motorists groan as fuel scarcity hits Jos

Most motorists in Jos have raised concerns about long lines at various gas stations as fuel shortages hit the Jos-Bukuru metropolis.

Some of the motorists, who spoke to reporters in Jos on Monday, also alleged that some gasoline marketers raised the price of gasoline.

The NAN correspondent who visited some of the service stations reports that most of them were not delivering product to consumers, while the few that were selling saw long lines of vehicles.

NAN also reports that in the few filling stations that do dispense, the product sells for between 170 and 200 naira per liter.

Black market operators have taken advantage of the shortage to increase the price of the product to its extremes from N1,000 to N1,300 per four-liter gallon.

However, the product is sold at the approved price of N162 at the NNPC mega station located around the Dogon Karfe area in Jos, but not without a long queue.

Pam Chomo, a commercial driver, denounced the shortage of this commodity, adding that it hit motorists hard and forced commercial drivers to increase transportation rates.

Chomo said the reason for the shortage could not be determined, but argued that the trend could be associated with the government’s planned increase in the price of gasoline.

“As we speak to you, most gas stations, except for the mega-station NNPC, sell gasoline below N170.

“And the unfortunate thing is that at the stations that are selling, motorists spend hours in line just to get fuel.

“This has forced commercial drivers to increase transportation rates in order to make a profit and also cover the hours they spend in queues,” he said.

Peter Okolo, a businessman, said that the shortage would affect not only the income of the individual but also the general income of the government, as people spent productive time in queues in search of fuel.

“We all know that time is money, and as I speak to you, I have spent more than four hours in line without moving an inch.

“I have spent four good hours of my productive time in search of a good, but I still do not have it; I’m still here.

“Maybe I still have to spend more hours to have it, if I will get it in the end.

“So if entrepreneurs, civil servants, artisans, farmers and many others spend hours in line just to get a product, then it is a shame for our growing economy,” he lamented.

Mr. Joseph Dung, a farmer, said: “The government must urgently address this because it has negatively affected other spheres of humanity’s endeavors.”

But John Jeff, an official, described the shortage as “artificial” and blamed the unfortunate trend on independent traders who are hell-bent on making a profit at all costs.

Jeff claimed that marketers were accumulating old inventory in anticipation of a rise in the price of the essential commodity in the coming months.

“For me, the current fuel shortage is just an artificial arrangement created by independent marketers.

“Because the government is proposing the total elimination of the subsidy, which in turn will increase the price of gasoline, marketers are currently hoarding the product for profit.

“This is pure evil by Nigerians towards their fellow citizens,” he said.

NAN also reports that the Plateau government had warned that it would close and auction any fuel stations in the state that were found hoarding petroleum products.


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