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Thursday, December 1, 2022

‘Fuel shortage persists in Ondo’

By Samuel Edu

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As  queues for fuel failed to disappear at filling stations in Ondo state, marketers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called petroleum have given reasons behind this.

The manager of one of the filling stations located along the Akure/Owo expressway said petrol marketers were not unaware of the hardship the scarcity has inflicted on the masses.

“We understand that it is a trying time in Nigeria and we are aware that the fuel crisis has done more harm than good but this is a situation beyond our control.

“The reason for this as earlier known was as a result of the ravaging flood as the fact remains that fuel and water are incompatible.

“The emergence of flood in some oil rich areas in the country grounded all vehicular movements. This affected the distribution of petroleum product across the nation.

“The bad roads is also a major factor to this menace as it slowed down trucks and increased repair cost, which is factored into the retail price.”

“We are gradually leaving the raining season and we now have some respite with respect to flooding, so in couple of days, we are hopeful that things will get better.

“Manager of another filling station along Oba Adesida road in Akure attributed the resurfaced long queues to lapses on the part of the federal government.

He noted that “supply from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) to private depots was limited, hence they have to manage selling the limited resources to large number of customers.”

In reaction, motorists and okada riders who spoke with The Hope over  lamented the situation, saying no excuse is tenable for the lingering crisis in the oil sector.

Mr Tunde Ojo, a commercial driver said “government and oil marketers were fond of giving excuses, none of these is acceptable. This morning, I bought fuel at the rate of N205 per litre, we just cannot continue this way.”

An okada rider, Wale Akinmola who said he bought his own fuel at the rate of N200 per liter said the government has never had the interest of the people at heart.

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