24 September 2012

Nigeria: Fuel Scarcity Hits Kano

Fuel scarcity has hit Kano as many filling stations remained shut to motorists due to the non -availability of the product.

Only a few filling station in the state capital were operating while several others remained closed in the past one week causing untold hardship to motorists.

The persistent scarcity of the petroleum products in Kano has caused long queues of vehicles in most filling stations while prices of the products have gone up.

Already, the cost of the product has gone up thereby increasing the cost of transportation as "black market dealers" devised means of buying off the products.

Desperate customers have resorted to panic buying where the product is available, as the pump price of one litre suddenly increases from N97 to N180.

In some filling stations the product now sells at N180 showing an increase of over 90 percent as scarcity hits all the filling stations.

A motorist on the queue at one of the Filling Stations in Central area, Malam AbdulSalam Rabo said, "I spent over five hours on the queue but I doubt if the fuel may reach our side due to shunting by some people who are willing to pay higher to the attendants.

"I was at a filling station along Naibawa road, but after I spent two hours on queue, I had to abandon the station to look for another one. Now I'm here and unfortunately "black marketers" are busy buying off the products in order to hike the price".

Our correspondent in Kano who visited some filling stations along Katsina road, Zaria road, Hotoro, NNPC mega station and Panshekara areas observed that some motorists left their vehicles at filling stations due to lack of the product.

Officials of Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) Kano zonal office, however declined comment, while State chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Alhaji Bashir Bello blamed the scarcity of the product to the NNPC bureaucracy in the release of the products to the deports.

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