Many drivers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been lamenting over the current fuel crisis and long queues at filling stations.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who was monitoring fuel stations in Abuja noted that while many stations did not sell their products, a few were causing heavy traffic due to long queues.
Motorists also expressed frustration at the worsening cash shortage in the country and called on the federal government to intervene immediately.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. (NNPCL) attributed fuel queues in Abuja and some parts of the country to restrictions on businesses and freedom of movement during presidential and National Assembly elections.
NNPCL said operations at the depot have resumed and trucks are being sent to various parts of the country.
Aloysius Osita, a motorist said that recurring fuel shortages is adding to the demoralised state of residents.
He added that-
“I thought that the issue of fuel scarcity has been addressed finally, but I was surprised to see queues everywhere.
“It has worsened the situation, in view of queuing for fuel and Point of Sale (POS) payment at the same time.
“After queuing for fuel, you will also queue for POS, which may decline and alter the fuel purchase.”
Another motorist, Mr Gbemi Olugbenga, expressed concern over the unavailability of products and urged the regulatory authority to hasten product distribution to cushion the effect.
“sometimes, some fuel stations are taken over by touts who usually hijack the fuel station’s management, causing more hardship and traffic for other commuters.”
Some of the residents also lamented the lack of fuel to power their generators for businesses and domestic use.
NAN reports that “black marketers” are also seen making brisk sales, selling 10 litres of petrol at N4,000 through electronic transfer or POS payment, and N3,500 for cash payment.
One of the sellers who would not want to be identified said the “black marketers” had been facing difficulties in getting fuel from the stations, adding that most of them insist on cash payment instead of transfer or POS payment.
Meanwhile, the NNPCL retail outlets sell a litre of petrol at N940, while other fuel stations sell at N950 per litre.
The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) had said it was working with other stakeholders to mitigate the tightness being experienced in the distribution of fuel.