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Fuel scarcity persists in Kaduna

Independent petroleum marketers in the city are selling petrol at between N120 and N130 per litre because of the scarcity.

Motorists in Kaduna State are experiencing persistent long queues following fuel scarcity recorded across the state, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The survey revealed that most of the filling stations in the state capital and its environs have remained closed for upward of two months due to none availability of petroleum products.

A cross-section of the motorists said that they were forced to buy fuel from black marketers at exorbitant cost because of the scarcity.

Yusuf Sule, a motorist queuing at Edi-Jen filling station, said: “I don’t know what is happening on this scarcity of fuel, there are only few filling station now selling the product at the official pump price of N97 per litre”.

The Manager of Edi-Jen filling station in Kaduna metropolis, Gabriel Nathaniel, said that they have been experiencing long queues “because of the scarcity’’.

Mr. Nathaniel said that the station would continue to satisfy customers once they have the product in stock.

Another motorist at Shema oil filling station in Tudun Wada area of the city, Yakubu Musa, said he bought petrol at the cost of N120 per litre.

According to him, Independent petroleum marketers in the city are selling petrol at between N120 and N130 per litre because of the scarcity.

“The current situation is bad for ordinary persons,’’ he said.

Major marketers, including the NNPC, have also closed their filling stations, due to what they termed as inadequate supply of the product.

On the busy Ali Akilu road in the heart of the city, only Edi-Jen and Total filling stations were dispensing, while filling stations belonging to Mobil, Conoil, Total, MRS and NNPC, have closed shop.

An Assistant Manager in one of the MRS stations, Abdullahi Umar, said that his station has not received supply for about four weeks.

On his part, the Assistant Manager, Total oil filling station, John Isaac, said only prayers can deliver the country, but urged the government to address the issue, which is affecting socio-economic activities in parts of the country.

He also called on the government to take proactive measures to restore normal supply to avert further hardship on citizens.

(NAN)

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