26 December 2012

Nigeria: Abuja Residents Celebrate Xmas Amid Fuel Scarcity

The perennial fuel scarcity in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) persisted on Tuesday, as the Christians celebrate Christmas.

Most filling stations in the territory had no fuel to sell, while the few ones that were selling had to contend with long queues of motorists.

Such queues were noticed at the Forte filling station, NNPC mega-station and Total Filling station, all in the Central Business District of Abuja.

The situation at the AP filling station in Maitama District was slightly better, as the queue there was not too long.

However, some motorists told newsmen in Abuja that they seized the opportunity of the Christmas holiday to fill their tanks.

Mr Samuel Ogah, a civil servant, said that it had become somewhat difficult to get fuel on a normal working day, as there was often a higher demand for the product.

"You know work will resume on Thursday; so, I want to seize this opportunity to fill my tank," he added.

However, Mr Andrew Omoh, a lawyer, expressed disappointment at the fuel situation.

He wondered why the authorities could not make fuel readily available, particularly at a time when people were celebrating Christmas.

Nevertheless, the fuel situation did not prevent fun seekers from visiting recreation centres across the territory.

The Wonderland Amusement Park along the Airport Road witnessed an appreciable turnout of people.

An official of the park, Mr Godwin Amodu, told NAN that the Yuletide period was always a busy season at the park.

"We always look forward to this season because of high patronage but the Boxing Day is usually more lucrative for us," Amodu said.

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