Kano - Many fuel marketers in Kano State have shut their filling stations to vehicle owners and are reluctant to sell the commodity to consumers.
A check by a NAN correspondent in Kano metropolis and other major towns of the state showed that most of the stations remained closed in spite of having the product in stock.
The stations have also increased their pump price from the official N97 per litre to between N120 and N130 and are still reluctant to sell the commodity to the public.
NAN further reports that majority of the operators of the stations still preferred to sell their stock to illegal market operators.
It was observed that the few stations that were selling the product at the official price of N97, mostly the NNPC mega stations, had long queues of vehicles.
A cross section of motorists told NAN that many of the marketers, particularly independent ones, were creating artificial scarcity to maximise profit.
It was also observed that illegal marketers continued to exploit the situation by increasing their price from the usual N550 for a four-litre gallon to between N650 and N700.
When contacted, the Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) in Kano, Bashir Bello, said the members still found it difficult to get the commodity.
‘’We don’t know the reason behind the scarcity of the commodity because our members are still finding it difficult to purchase it at the NNPC.
‘’We are not happy with the current fuel scarcity in the state because it has seriously affected our business.’’
Bello called on the Federal Government to provide the commodity in large quantity, to check its rising cost.