Fuel scarcity hits Enugu as marketers shut down stations


Fuel scarcity resurfaced in Enugu metropolis on Wednesday as petroleum marketers closed down their filling stations, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.
NAN correspondent who monitored the situation in the state capital reports that virtually all the major and independent marketers closed their stations.

NAN reports that only the NNPC Mega Station on Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway was dispensing products to the a long queue of cars on its premises.

Commuters, including school children, were stranded due to paucity of commercial vehicles just as the roads were free of the usual traffic.

Meanwhile, transport fares have increased by 100 per cent as commercial buses charged between N80 and N100 as against N50 per drop.

Some motorists who spoke to NAN said the situation may be connected with ongoing monitoring of compliance with new pump price of N86.50k per litre by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

A civil servant, Mr Samuel Nwodo, said the marketers closed their filling stations for fear of being sanctioned by the DPR.

“Some of the marketers have refused to adjust their pump price until they exhausted their old stock. I wonder when they will do that.


“I have gone round the metropolis in search of petrol but only the NNPC mega station is operating and I cannot stand the long queue’’, he said.

A commercial bus driver, Chijioke Agu, said he increased bus fare due to the scarcity and urged the government to do something urgently to save the situation.

Another motorist, Mrs Anthonia Ugwu, said she parked her vehicle at home and took her children to school in a taxi.

NAN reports that the federal government on Tuesday announced that it would shut down and revoke licences of marketers who defaulted in implementing the new pump price.




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