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Long queues reappear at filling stations in Makurdi

30 October 2012, 16:15

Makurdi - Long queues have reappeared at filling stations in Makurdi, causing motorists  to park their vehicles at filling stations overnight.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who went round the city reports that most filling stations had closed their gates since Monday as pump head attendants claimed they had run out of stock.

The few filling stations which remained open had a hard time controlling rowdy crowds of motorists.

NAN correspondent also observed that many motorists preferred to buy the product in plastic kegs, leaving their vehicles in the long queues.

Some of the motorists interviewed by NAN explained that it was easier to buy in kegs than to wait indefinitely in the queue to refill their vehicles.

A motorist, Mr Felix Tyoappine, said he resorted to buying petrol in a keg after observing that the pump head attendants preferred to sell fuel to consumers with kegs, to the detriment of motorists on queues.

Another motorist, Mrs Fedelia Igbabee, said she had spent many hours on the queue waiting to buy fuel, adding that the situation had disrupted her schedule for the day.

A commercial motorcycle operator, Mr Daniel Terwase, lamented that he would not be able to make any profit after buying fuel at a high cost.

According to him, the price of fuel at the service stations and illegal market was exploitative.

He told NAN that the attendants at the filling station where he bought fuel sold the commodity at N120 per litre, instead of the official price of N97.

NAN reports that illegal marketers have taken advantage of the scarcity to exploit consumers by selling petrol at exorbitant rates of N170 to N220 per litre.

However, at the NNPC mega station, the product was selling at the official rate of N97 per litre resulting in long queues, and the station management had to enlist the assistance of military personnel to enforce orderliness.

Since the official price of petrol was increased to N97 per litre in January, pump head attendants in most filling stations in Benue State have been selling the product at prices ranging from N97 to N120 per litre.



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