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Abuja residents left stranded as fuel shortgages bite

08 May 2015, 15:16

Abuja - The ongoing scarcity of fuel, and resultant transport problems, has left scores of commuters in Abuja stranded.

A survey around the capital city established commuters were marooned at various bus stops where they usually get transport mainly to their workplaces but on Friday, it was to no avail.

Commuters reported spending hours in queues but with no success.

At the popular Area One bus stop in Garki District, one passenger, Grace Abua, said she had spent significant time in a vain attempt to secure transport to Kubwa.

“I have been here since 7.00am trying to get a bus to Kubwa. It is 830am and I have not been able to get a bus,” Abua said.

Most of the commercial taxis in the city were also seen at the different fuel stations queuing to get fuel.

At the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) NNPC station, the queue was extending to the nearby game’s village quarters.

Nigeria, the continent’s biggest producer of crude oil, and Africa’s largest economy, is battling a shortage of fuel in the markets.

Also read: Fuel scarcity resurfaces in Kwara

The petrol shortage is said to have resurfaced as a result of the refusal of independent oil marketers to load fuel.

The independent marketers are said to have stopped loading the product because the Federal Government overlooked them in the recent payment of subsidy arrears.

Critics argued the major authorities responsible for regulating the downstream petroleum sector such as the Department of Petroleum Resources

(DPR) and Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), have failed to take any significant steps toward addressing the crisis.

- CAJ News


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