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Abuja residents groan as fuel scarcity bites harder

11 March 2014, 13:52

Abuja - The persistent fuel scarcity in the country is taking its toll on the residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as transport fare has increased by between 50 and 100 percent.

Worst hit are civil servants and traders who wai endlessly at their various bus stops without much hope of getting vehicles.

Motorist who managed to get fuel after several hours of queuing at fuel station transferred the burden on passengers by charging almost double the normal fare.

Yusuf Yahaya, a civil servan who lives in Lugbe on the Airport Road, said he suffered a lot of hardship at the bus stop while coming to work on Monday morning.

Yahaya said that he spent several hours before getting a vehicle and the driver charged him N150 for a distance that previously went for N100.

"The situation is becoming worrisome and I think the authorities need to rise to the challenge before it is hijacked by the perceived enemies of the nation,” he said.

Salamatu Biu, another civil servant, said that she had been paying more than the normal fare to get to work since the fuel scarcity started.

“I used to pay between N300 and N400 to get to the office before, but now there is no day I pay less than N600 per drop from my house to the office, which means I spend N1 200 daily on transportation,” she said.

Patience Ojo said the fare from Nyanya to Maraba to the city centre which used to cost between N100 and N150 had increased to between N200 and N300 depending on the destination.

She said that the situation was being compounded with the non-availability of small buses as the big buses were just doing skeletal services.

“If you get to the bus stops you will see a confused situation as commuters struggle to catch the few available vehicles.’’

Ojo said her worry was how to get back home in the evening before she could think of coming to work the next day.

Oladele Henry, a commercial drive who explained the reason why he had to charge extra fare, said he spent several hours at filling stations before getting fuel.

He said that the situation was not improving as the queue kept increasing at filling stations in the city.

Richard Koleoso said he had to go to the outskirts of the city to buy fuel, which he said sold for N130 per litre.

Koleoso said that he preferred to buy the fuel at any price rather than spending precious time at the filing stations.

Meanwhile the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it had increased the fuel allocation to the Federal Capital Territory.


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