Petrol scarcity has resurfaced in Lagos causing residents to lament, oil marketers frown at new tax
On Tuesday, long lines appeared in Lagos as drivers waited for hours to purchase the item at gas stations.
At Lagos State, the situation was worse in Ikosi-Ketu, the Arepo neighbourhood of New Lagos, Obalende, Maryland, and Iju-shaga.
On Monday and Tuesday, commuters bemoaned the increase in the cost of transportation in the state, as gasoline was priced between N195 and N200 per litre.
In addition, lines were seen along the Alausa Secretariat road since the NNPC (formerly Oando) was off-limits to cars.
At Total gas stations in Ojota and Palm Grove, the identical circumstance was also noted.
Long lines were present at stations like Mobil and Fatgbems along Berger, which also sold fuel at N200 per litre.
Lekki also reportedly had lengthy lines.
Despite selling petrol, the Heyden filling station in Ilupeju had a long line of cars waiting to purchase the good.
The Nigerian organisation Independent Fuel Marketers Association attributed the problem on the depots and the growing accessibility issues with petroleum goods.
In an interview with Newsmen, Mike Osatuyi, National Controller, Operations, IPMAN, stated that the association’s members were unable to obtain enough items at the depots.
Even in the tiny quantities we were able to obtain, DAPPMAN sold it to us for N200/N202 per litre.
The price will be about N210 per litre by the time we carry it to our stations,” he added.
Getting gasoline from the depots to the members’ filling stations now costs as much as N200 per litre, he noted.
The chairman of DAPPMAN, Dame Williams Akpani, had previously explained to Newsmen that the logistical issues were to blame for the ongoing gasoline shortages.
She said that poor roads were also to blame, making it take gasoline tankers from Lagos one week rather than three days to reach Abuja.
According to Akpani, the poor condition of the roads in Abuja caused fuel trucks to break down, which made the drivers less interested in transporting goods to the federal capital.