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Lagos residents task FG on fuel shortage

01 March 2014, 18:10

Lagos - Lagos residents on Saturday urged the Federal Government to address the lingering fuel scarcity in the state, to make life more meaningful for the people.

The residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that commuters now wasted a lot of time at bus stops as the fuel crisis takes a turn for the worse. 

Fuel queues were long at some filling stations, slowing down traffic on major highways.

An artisan, Yusuf Ismaila, told NAN that he was at a filling station for over two hours and was not been able to buy fuel.

"I do not know why we suffer for basically everything in this country.

"There is no frequent power supply and now that we have a generator to use, getting fuel is also a problem.

"I have been on the queue for over two hours,” he said.

Ismaila advised government to tackle the fuel shortage and to also address the epileptic power supply in the country.

A commercial bus driver, Jare Olawale, said it was unfortunate that Nigerians were experiencing fuel shortage at this point in time.

Olawale said the scarcity had encouraged sharp practices by filling station attendants, who now made brisk business.

He said that a litre of petrol now attracts over N100 at some filling stations against the official price of N97.

"I have been on this queue for about an hour before I was able to buy petrol. This is very bad," Olawale said.

A businessman, Wale Shogeyinbo, said he was not happy with the fuel scarcity as it had disrupted his business.

"As a businessman, I operate a viewing centre, where you can watch football and play games but now, the business is affected because of scarcity of fuel,” he lamented.

Commuters now pay more with a trip from Ikotun to CMS on Lagos Island, which used to cost N300 now attracting between N350 and N400.

Some attendants at the stations told NAN on condition of anonymity that they were selling at the price they got the new stock, which they said, was now higher.



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