Awka - Scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit
(PMS), has resurfaced in Awka as its price has gone up to between N110 and N115
in the Anambra State capital and its environs, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
NAN correspondent who monitored the situation on Wednesday
reports that most filling stations had ``no fuel" sign placed at their
gates while a few that had the product had long queues of vehicles.
A motorist, Ndubuisi Okonkwo, who queued at a filling
station at Unizik Junction, Awka, told NAN that the increase in pump price of
PMS was worsening the bad economic conditions of the masses.
Okonkwo said he had to wait patiently to buy the product as
he was not sure of where and when it will be readily available.
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Another motorist, who simply identified himself as Donald,
said the scarcity was an unfortunate relapse and urged the Federal Government
to intervene to save the situation.
"This scarcity, coming when Nigerians are expecting a
reduction in official pump price and getting used to the regular price, is
uncalled for. The economy is already crunchy and we can't afford another
pain", he said.
Mr Benjamin Abimaje, Manager at Femas Service Station, Awka,
said there was no product because of ``the sudden outrageous increase in
Abimaje said he had applied for product for some days now
but the increase in price and scarcity at the depot in Lagos had made it
impossible for them to get loaded.
"We do not have fuel. The cost is high at the depot and
when you add other charges, it may not land at less than N98.
"It is also biting us because we are not selling, no
profit; yet we are incurring loss, we hope it normalises soon", he said.
Chief Ikechukwu Nwankwo, Chairman of Independent Petroleum
Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Enugu zone, said the scarcity was
Nwankwo told NAN that loading at Port Harcourt depot was
ebbing while lots of trucks were on queue at the Lagos depots where the zone
largely depended on.
He said marketers were undergoing difficult times in their
efforts to make products available.
"I can confirm to you that there is no PMS now, the pump
price increase is only natural because landing cost at the station is now
between N95 and N99, the NNPC on its part does not have products.
"Marketers are having problems with funds because most
times, government does not remit their part and even when they do, it comes
Also, the interests to banks eat up our profits. The
government has role to play to ensure we come out of this problem", he