Uyo - Business activities grounded to a
halt in Uyo on Tuesday due to fuel scarcity.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), correspondent who monitored
the situation, reports that few stations sold a litre of fuel for between N170
and N200 to those in long queues.
NAN reports that the commodity was being sold in the black
market at N400 per litre.
A tricycle rider, Mr Okon Imoh, told NAN that he bought five
litres of fuel from a black market dealer at N2,000.
Imoh said he had to increase the transport fare to N150 per
drop so that he can make a profit.
"For fuel to be sold by black market dealers, you will
agree with me that the scarcity is artificial.
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"Some of the fuel stations have fuel but chose to sell to
black market dealers who in turn sell at high price.
"Government should try and address the problem that has
made us to be suffering to buy a product we have in abundance.'' he said.
NAN reports that the fuel scarcity has led to the drastic
reduction of vehicular traffic on Uyo roads and other parts of the state.
Some people also walked long distances to their places of work.
A civil servant with Akwa Ibom State Civil Service, Mr
Ekefre Akpan, told NAN that he had to park his car to avoid buying adulterated
petrol which might cause engine dysfunction.
Akpan urged the Federal Government to fulfill its promise of
ensuring fuel availability always by reviving the nation's refineries and
possibly construct new ones.
He also urged government to put a palliative measure in
place concerning the deplorable condition of Calabar–Itu Road, to avoid tankers
falling with the consignments.