Nigeria’s persistent fuel scarcity has marred Christmas festivities in Abuja and Lagos.
Many filling stations in Abuja had no fuel while the few that were selling had to contend with long queues of motorists. Anxious motorists were seen at the Forte Filling Station and NNPC Mega-station in the Central Area of the Federal Capital.
Some motorists told the News Agency of Nigeria that they had to use the Christmas holidays to shop for fuel.
A Civil Servant, Mr Samuel Ogah, lamented that it was becoming increasingly difficult to get fuel on working days when there was long queues at filling stations.
A lawyer, Mr Andrew Omoh, expressed his disappointment with the worsening fuel crisis. In Lagos, many residents lamented the fuel scarcity which they said, had hampered movement of people celebrating during the yuletide.
Some of the residents who spoke with NAN called on government to urgently intervene by ensuring adequate supply of petroleum products.
The residents expressed displeasure over the sudden scarcity of fuel which they said, became noticeable on Christmas eve.
Many filling stations in the city were closed to business while hundreds of motorists queuing up at few filling stations struggling to buy the commodity.
A motorist, Mr Jare Olorunshoga, who had been on queue for several hours, told NAN that it was unfortunate the scarcity was happening this season.
“I have been in this queue for two hours now which is so frustrating. “The government should act fast on this,’’ Olorunshoga said.
Meanwhile, a source at the NNPC told NAN that the scarcity was caused by the pipeline explosion that occured at Ijeododo in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos last week.
The official who pleaded anonymity said that system `2B’, which convey petroleum product to South-West states from the Atlas Cove was destroyed.
NAN reports that some filling stations at Ikorodu, Bariga, Lagos-Badagry Expressway, among others, sold petrol at prices ranging between N100 and N120 per litre, instead of the regulated price of N97 per litre.
At Mallo filling station in Ikorodu, Mr Andrew Badru, a banker, said that there was no justification for the current fuel scarcity, as the government had assured the citizens of abundant fuel supply during the Yuletide period.