By Ola Ajayi
FOR the past two weeks, artificial shortage of fuel has been a recurring trend in Ibadan with vehicles remaining on queues for days.
Since the rumour of deregulation was peddled some weeks ago, some independent marketers have shut their gates, expecting that government would make a formal announcement on the proposed deregulation.
Few filling stations were seen dispensing fuel to waiting customers in the city why some independent marketers kept saying they ran short of supply.
Vanguard gathered that some independent marketers around Sabo area of the city prefer selling to touts with cans especially 50 litres kegs. It is alleged that the toutsÂ would now sell the products in black market and remit the money to the marketers.
But most of the major marketers still sell in trickles to customers. In areas like Mokola, Eleyele, Poly road, Sango, Moniya, Cocacola areas, some petrol attendants were charging more than approved fuel price of N65.
Vanguard observedÂ yesterday, though some were still selling atÂ N65 per litre,Â but the attendants were charging between N200 andN500 from motorists depending on the amount of fuel bought.
Some of the petrol attendants who spoke with Vanguard claimed that they got the inkling that the government would announce new fuel price any moment and in order not to be caught unaware, they were exercising caution in the way they dispense the limited quantity of fuel they had.
Some motorists expressed disgust on the fuel situation. They said deregulating the sector would spell doom and aggravate the already worsened scarcity of food items in the country.
They pleaded with government to have a rethink on the issue because it would definitely increase their suffering. It was also noticed that movement of petrol tankers in the city had reduced. This made the motorists to trail few tankers in the city to any destinations they were heading to.