Abuja - The NNPC mega filling station, Central Area, Abuja on Monday witnessed long queues of kerosene consumers who stormed the station to purchase the product.
The station received supplies of the product at the weekend after about one week that the product ran out of stock.
Operators at the filling station had attributed the non availability of the product last week to the curfew in Kaduna State following the violence clashes in the area.
Although, the filling station still sold the product at the official price of N50 per litre, some consumers said it was difficult to get it.
Mrs Great Adie, a petty trader, decried the long queues, saying that she had been in the station since last Friday afternoon and still had not been able to buy.
``It is very difficult getting kerosene here, I have been hanging around here since Friday afternoon and as I am speaking now I have not been able to get it.
``They have shared us into batches, I may be lucky to get it today by Gods grace,’’ Adie said.
Another consumer, Mr Peter Ojo, described the situation as chaotic, ``we are really battling hard to get the product’’.
``It has not been easy at all to get kerosene, we struggle so hard to get it, there is a long queue as you can see but I will be patient. I believe I will get it by the end of today,” he said.
Mrs Modupe Dare urged operators of the filling station to ensure transparency in dispensing the product, adding that it could go round if they were honest.
Another consumer, Miss Chizoba Okoro, said some people are making things difficult for the common man, kerosene is for we poor masses and they won’t allow us to get, this is not fair at all.’’
NAN, however, observed that operators at the filling station were selling the product to black marketers instead of the direct consumers thereby creating commotion at the station.
The black marketers will then resell to the consumers at between N180 to N200 per litre.
An official of the station, who spoke under condition of anonymity, however denied the allegation, saying they were attending to the consumers on first come basis.
``It is very unfortunate that these black marketers liter the whole place and won’t allow domestic users of the product get access to kerosene on time and in turn sell at high prices’’ he said.
He said that they had decided to sell 25 litres of kerosene to an individual to ensure that everybody got the product.
He assured members of the public that the management of the filling station would continue to ensure steady supply of the product.