Lagos - Some operators of small scale
businesses within the Lagos metropolis say their operations have been hampered
by the persisting petrol scarcity and epileptic electricity supply.
It is reported that the businessmen
and women were those around Egbeda in Alimosho Local Government Area.
NAN reports that many of them are iced block sellers,
barbers, hairdressers, Cybercafé and cold room operators.
They expressed disappointment, saying that the situation had
made them to experience low patronage from clients as their charges had
increased owing to high cost of petrol.
The situation, they told NAN on Monday, had also led to a
dwindling of their income.
A barber, Mr Salisu Yusuf, said that he could only serve few
of his clients, adding that he spent about three hours on queue on Sunday
before he got 10 liters of petrol.
He said that the quantity of the product he had was not
enough to provide service to the number of customers that usually patronised
him at weekends.
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"It’s so sad that I’m unable to provide service to my
clients due to the ongoing fuel scarcity. I have equally increased my fees as
fuel price has also gone up.
"Before now I charge N300 for an adult, N200 for children’s
but now it is N500 per adult, while a child pays N300,’ Yusuf said.
A Cold Room operator, Mrs Cecilia Onwenu, told NAN that she
was disappointed with the difficulty in getting petrol, while electricity
supply as well was poor.
Onwenu said that almost all her stock got defrosted, noting that
her customers could not buy the frozen poultry and fishes because of the
"I’m now running at a loss because I have been unable to
get fuel to refrigerate the turkey, chicken, fishes in my cold room.
"Epileptic power supply has also been a challenge; we are
only supplied electricity for an hour a day. I pray that my stock does not
"This is very sad and disheartening because my customers
have never complained about my products until this season of fuel scarcity,'’’
For Miss Angela Williams, a hairdresser, the power outages
and petrol scarcity had led to loss of business.
Williams urged the responsible authorities to ensure that
the fuel scarcity was check and save the people the agony of searching for
"Most of my customers who came to make their hair in
preparation for the new week's work were disappointed because I was unable to
get fuel to power my electricity generator.
"This is affecting virtually everybody and I appreciate my
customers for their understanding,’’ she said.
Also residents living along Lagos/Ibadan expressway,
popularly called, "Second Lagos’’, expressed displeasure over the persistent
Mr Elusogbon Adedeji, a resident of Magboro, lamented the
cost of transportation, saying that from Magboro to Berger was N50 but that it
had increased to N150.
"As a driver, I earn a meagre sum at the end of the month,
I have finished spending my April salary on transportation and I will now have
to borrow to sustain myself through the month.
"We use petrol to power generator, grinding machines,
welders and even to pump water. There is no home that does not use petrol for
one thing or the other.
"Last night when I was coming home, some commuters spent
N400 on a trip of just N100 from Ketu to Ibafo, this is bad under the present
economic condition in Nigeria,’’ Adedeji said.