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Abuja black market flourishes amid fuel scarcity

15 December 2014, 12:32

Abuja - Abuja is experiencing fuel shortages following threats by oil workers' unions to embark on an indefinite strike on Monday.

A CAJ News survey established long queues of vehicles in most gas stations in the city.

The development has forced most motorists to get their fuel from the roadside hawkers, also known as black marketers.

The marketers are are selling the commodity between N115 and N120 per a litre.

It is normally sold at N97 per litre.

At total gas station close to Force Headquarters in Area 11 junction, one of the road side hawkers, Abubakar Sani said they got their supply from the nearby Nasarawa State.

Sani said apart from the high cost of transporting the product from Nasarawa, they also paid some extra money to the station owners before getting the supply, hence they charged more than the standard price.

Also read: Oil workers to strike from Monday

Many residents of the city has expressed anger with the oil workers for usually choosing the festive period to embark on strikes.

A resident of Kubwa area of the town, Sunday Chukwu, said, “The oil workers are wicked, why would they always chosen Christmas period as the best season to go on strike?" Chukwu said.

The unions are protesting a number of issues including alleged the inability of government to reduce pump prices of petroleum products in line with the decline in the prices of crude oil in the global market.

Unions said the strike would ensure that the government evolved new strategies to combat pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft as well the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, non-implementation of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act among others.

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