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Long queues re-appear in Lagos filling stations

23 November 2012, 16:08

Lagos - Long queues of vehicles have resurfaced in filling stations in Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A correspondent of NAN, who monitored the situation on Friday, reported that the long queues at the filling stations were affecting free flow of traffic in their locations.

Many motorists have to queue for hours before being served.

Mr Samson Adetunji, a civil servant, decried the unstable supply of petroleum products in the state, saying that he had to queue for two hours before been served.

He said that the Federal Government should have addressed the recurring problem of fuel shortage by now.

``Today, you buy petrol here at Ojuelegba and you will be surprised that by tomorrow there will not be any left to sell there.

``And because you need to move around, you are forced to go some distance to another petrol station at Lawason or Ijesha and buy a litre of petrol above the official rate,`` he said.

Mr Ikem Uzodinma, another resident in Lagos, said that ``it is very sad to stay for long in filling stations to buy petrol as the year comes to an end”.

``This will mar our Christmas festivities, `` he said.

He urged the Federal Government to find a permanent solution to the scarcity of petrol in the country.

Uzodinma said that the issue of importation and distribution of fuel should be a priority in President Jonathan’s agenda by now.

Mr Musa Adamu, a commercial driver, said that the long queues at filling stations were affecting his business.

``My passengers complained whenever I increased fares from one point to another.

``I wish they knew that I am suffering too as they were,’` he said.

Adamu said more tankers needed to be deployed to serve filling stations with fuel.



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