Nigerians Lament as Worsening Petrol Scarcity Hits Kaduna, Katsina, Kano


Motorists Face High Prices and Long Queues as Supply Crisis Deepens

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KADUNA, July 9, 2024 (NAN) — The worsening petrol scarcity across Nigeria has left motorists in Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina States grappling with exorbitant fuel prices and long queues. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that citizens are enduring significant hardships as a result of the fuel shortage.

Investigations by NAN correspondents in the three states revealed that many major and independent marketers have shut down their filling stations. The few stations still operating have increased petrol prices to between N800 and N1,000 per liter, exacerbating the already dire situation.

Black market sellers, particularly roadside fuel hawkers, are taking advantage of the scarcity, selling a 4-liter gallon for between N5,000 and N6,000.

Motorists interviewed by NAN expressed their frustration over the situation. Salisu Baso, a civil servant, lamented that he now pays double the usual transport fare to reach his office at the Federal Secretariat in Kawo-Kaduna. “We don’t even know who to blame anymore, whether it’s the government or the marketers. It’s unfortunate that they keep passing the buck. Urgent action is needed to address this issue that’s crippling socio-economic activities in the country,” Baso said.

Mrs. Franscisca Idika, a trader at the Chechnya market in Kaduna, said the petrol scarcity and high prices have severely impacted her business. “I have to pay more to reach the market, and we’ve had to increase the prices of our goods to make ends meet,” she explained.

Similar reports from Kano and Katsina States reveal a disheartening situation of higher fuel prices and long queues at the few operating filling stations. Alao Jaremi, an IT expert in Katsina, called on authorities to take immediate measures to ensure petrol availability across the country. “We need the government to act swiftly to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians,” Malam Ibrahim Dan-Musa told NAN in Kano.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) and oil marketers have been blaming each other for the fuel shortage. NNPCL attributes the long queues to disruptions in ship-to-ship loading of petrol due to a recent thunderstorm and adverse weather conditions affecting berthing at jetties and truck load-outs. Marketers, however, claim they are unable to access the NNPCL portal to place orders for the commodity.

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