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The lingering fuel scarcity

19 October 2012, 09:42

I am very well aware that we live in a theatre hall called Nigeria. Things never get boring here. We are very good at making lots of noise about issues initially while we allow such die a natural death after a short period of time.

When the queues initially returned to our streets, newspapers, media houses, social media and what have you all kept us abreast as regards the root cause of the fuel crisis and some even availed us details as to what is being done to ease the discomfort the fuel scarcity brought. Some even assured us that all hands were on deck and the scarcity was going to be dealt with in no time.

Few weeks down the line, the story hasn't changed and the scary part is that we all seem to have settled into the fuel scarcity as usual. No one is mentioning the issue anymore, not even a single explanation as to why the trauma doesn't look anywhere near its end.

As expected, most filling stations are selling from just a point, more like they even enjoy seeing fellow citizens traumatised. Some have adjusted their pumps which leaves you wondering if they actually sold air into your car instead of fuel.

Who is responsible for all these? Is someone actually playing some pranks with our emotions? Are they assuming that when we get tired of agitating for fuel, we will "surrender" to their original plan of hiking the pump price? How come this issue of utmost importance is being treated with kid gloves?

I refuse to believe its sane for a matter as important as this to be treated with silence by the stakeholders who ironically feeds fat on this common wealth of ours.

Where is NNPC, DPR, PPMC, PPPRA and others??? Why are they mute at such a time as this? The last time we got an excuse, it was that of pipeline vandalism somewhere in Arepo. Is it that the pipeline hasn't been fixed few weeks later? Have the saboteurs once again killed engineers sent to repair the pipelines? Are the security agents now so powerless they can't salvage the situation? These and many more are begging questions.

If everyone else can't be bothered as usual nor voice out for fear of being victimised or marked as an enemy, I refuse to join that bandwagon and will rather choose to ask this very cogent question: Why are the queues still lingering? 

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