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Petrol queues resurface in Lagos

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QUEUES for petrol resurfaced at filling stations in many parts of Lagos, yesterday.

  While long queues were mainly seen in filling stations along Onipanu bus stop, Ishefun road, Bolade area of Oshodi, and Marina, Lagos Island, reports from other areas shows the development was widespread.

  Total filling station in Ikeja witnessed a long queue that caused traffic gridlock while there were also long queues at Bovas, Mobil and NNPC filling stations in Ojodu Berger.

  Conoil Filling Station in Alagomeji and Sabo were faced with a huge crowd of cars and people lining up for petrol with motorists and residents stranded as many of them lamenting the situation is causing more hardship on them.

  A resident of Ayobo, Kazeem Ibiyemi, said he bought petrol for N250 per litre at Badek Petrol Station while another resident, Kola Ibiyemi said he had tried to buy the product from the NNPC filling station in the area but gave up because of the long queue.

  Similarly, Afeez Oladeji said commercial buses had hiked fares due to the situation, explaining that he had to pay an exorbitant bus fare of N700 from Agege to Oshodi.

  Speaking during an interview, National Operations Controller of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Mike Osatuyi said the situation was caused by limited availability of the product.

  “We don’t have fuel. If there is fuel, then we have something to sell. The little that’s available, we are buying at N205. When you add up transport, that’s about N213 before you can add your profit. That’s the truth. Even if you want to buy at N205 now, you won’t even see to buy. “NNPC said the fuel is available but we don’t see it. If we are able to see the fuel, that’s the only way we can confirm that the product is available. Let’s wait and see for the next few days,” Osatuyi said.

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