Nigeria: Citizens Groan As Petrol Scarcity Worsens In Kaduna, Katsina, Kano


Petrol scarcity has hit several states in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a situation that is biting motorists in Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina States harder.

The scarcity of the commodity has forced most of the major and independent marketers to close their filling stations, a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said.

Also, the few ones that were operating had jerked off the price of the commodity to between N800 to N1000, aggravating the already precarious situation.

Similarly, it was observed that petrol black marketers, especially the roadside fuel hawkers were having a field day, with a four-litre gallon selling for between N5000 to N6000.

A cross-section of the motorists interviewed told NAN, “We are very dismayed as the obnoxious situation has negatively affected our activities.”

“A civil servant, Salisu Baso, lamented that he had to pay double the transport fare he used to pay to reach his office at the Federal Secretariat, Kawo-Kaduna,” the report said.

Baso said, ”We don’t even know who is right now. Is it the government or the marketers? Unfortunately, they are just passing the buck.

”But, in whatever case, urgent action should be taken to redress the ugly situation that is jeopardising socio-economic activities in the country.”

For Mrs Franscisca Idika, a trader at the Chechnya market in Kaduna, the lingering petrol scarcity and the soaring prices have badly affected their businesses.

She said, “I have to pay more now to reach the market and we just have to increase the prices of our wares to break even.”

Reports from Kano and Katsina States also revealed a similar disheartening situation of higher prices and endless queues at the few filling stations operating.

Mr Alao Jaremi, an IT expert in Katsina, called on the authorities concerned to take urgent measures to ensure the availability of petrol across the country.

”We need the government to swing into action and do the needful to alleviate the suffering of the hapless Nigerians,” Malam Ibrahim Dan-Musa told NAN in Kano.

NNPCL and the oil marketers have been shifting the blame on the real causes of the paucity of the commodity.

NNPCL was insisting that the long queues across Nigeria were a result of disruption of the ship-to-ship loading of petrol between Mother Vessels’ and ‘Daughter Vessels’, adding, ”This resulted from a recent thunderstorm.”

The national oil company said that adverse weather conditions had also affected berthing at jetties and truck load-outs transportation of products to filling stations, causing a disruption in station supply logistics.

The marketers, however, maintained that they were unable to access the NNPCCL portal to place orders for the commodity.