Energy

Petrol scarcity resurfaces in Kaduna as independent marketers hoard product

Fuel Scarcity

By Cyril Ogar

Long queues resurfaced on Tuesday in most filling stations in Kaduna State as a result of petrol scarcity.

Filling stations mainly owned by independent marketers in the state capital have shut their businesses to customers, claiming to be out of stock.

However, during a visit to some of the petrol stations by officials of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), it was discovered that the marketers were hoarding the product and have refused to sell to the public.

It is over a year now that Nigerians witnessed scarcity of petrol across the country following increase in the pump price of the product from N85 -N145.

However, long queues have resurfaced in filling stations in Kaduna state capital as motorists now spend long hours to buy petrol.

Many petrol stations visited by our correspondent along Ahmadu Bello Way, Waff road and Ali Akilu road, only one or two pumps out of eight points were dispensing petrol to motorists.

The Department of Petroluem Resources(DPR) says the situation is a delibrate act of sabotage by Independent marketers to create artificial scarcity in the country.

Meanwhile, to ensure that petrol is made available to the public, the agency has sealed some petrol stations for various offences ranging from hoarding and under dispensing of product Abdullahi Abawa-Ag Zonal Operations Controller has said.

Though DPR has assured that it is doing everything possible to ensure petrol is available in every part of the state, some residents say the current scarcity may not be unconnected with the rumour of a likely increase in pump price of petrol by the federal government.

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