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Motorists, residents groan as fuel scarcity bites harder

By Ola Ajayi
FUEL scarcity which resurfaced last week in Ibadan has continued unabated as motorists and residents in the city spend endless hours at few filling stations that dispensed the products.

Already, some independent marketers in some parts of the city have adjusted their pump price from the official N65 to N70 per litre. Vanguard findings revealed that all of them now sell at N100 per litre. The places where Vanguard visited were Sabo, Mokola, Sanngo, Bodija, U.I, Ring Road, Eleyele, Iyaganku, Total Garden and others.

The major marketers that sold the products at the official pump price of N65 collected extra charges from customers. The money they collect ranges from N200-N500 depending on the litres of fuel bought.

When asked why they sold at such exorbitant prices, most of them who cared to answer said they bought above the official pump charge at the depot where they lifted the fuel.

Vanguard also discovered that many filling stations in the city were shut. Though they claimed that they had run out of supply,  investigations revealed that they preferred to sell either early in the morning between 6am and 7am or late in the evening.

The refusal of the filling stations to dispense the products has led to emergemce of black market operators  along major roads in the city who now  sell a four-litre keg for N600 and above. It was learnt that these illegal sellers of the products usually go to the filling stations at midnight to buy the product.

Already, the scarcity of the product has taken its toll on the vehicular and human movement in the sprawling city. Few vehicles now ply the roads, while the commercial drivers have capitalized on the scarcity to hike their fares.


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