Fuel scarcity is fast spreading, now at about 10 states resulting in long queues at filling stations, even as the price of the commodity soared to between N160 – N180 per litre.
DailyTrust reported that long queues have surfaced in various states that included the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Sokoto, Katsina, Borno, Kwara, Anambra, Delta, Kaduna, with the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) selling far above the N145 per litre official benchmark.
In Lagos State, petrol is still being sold at N145 per litre and N143 per litre in some Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)’s outlets in Lagos metropolis.
Most of the filling stations belonging to independent marketers shut their gates against customers while major oil marketers’ outlets that opened for business were besieged with long queue by anxious motorists.
The Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Kano state branch, Alhaji Ahmad Bashir Danmalam, said the scarcity was caused by private refineries that stopped the supply of the community to the state a few days ago.
“In addition to the shortage of supply, the private refineries have increased its price from N133 to N143. However, we were able to secure more supplies from Warri and Port-Harcourt refineries to address the situation. As am speaking to you now, 50 trucks are loading from Kano depot for onward distribution to various filling stations across the state,” he said.