By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”LONG queues have returned to all filling stations in Warri and environs, following acute fuel shortage of petroleum products occasioned by the work-to-rule action embarked upon by staff of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
The product scarcity, which started about three days ago, caught motorists unaware, as almost all the petrol stations stopped selling petrol (PMS) simultaneously, leading to sharp increase in the price of the product.
Sources at NNPC loading depot told Vanguard that fuel supply to trucks in Warri had been reduced from 36 trucks to a mere six daily, thus encouraging black marketing with its attendant sharp practices.
The cause of the work-to-rule action by the DPR could not be ascertained, but informed sources said with the strike, necessary documentation to ease loading at the PPMC depot in Warri had been brought almost to a stop.
At the NNPC Multi-purpose co-operative filling station, a litre of kerosine (DPK) sold for N110, while at black market, 10 litres of PMS sold for N1,500.00, with transportation cost now double for every journey in the oil city.
Competent sources at the Independent Marketersâ€™ depot in Warri told Vanguard that they now source products from Lagos to remain in business.
Efforts to get the comment of top officials of the DPR in Warri proved abortive.