Ibadan—Long queues persisted at fuel stations in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, yesterday, following reports of imminent scarcity of the product.
Investigation in the metropolis, revealed that there was an increase in fares by as much as 40 per cent due to the scarcity of fuel.
Many petrol stations were shut while the few that had the product had long queues.
A motorist, Mr Tajudeen Akande, described the situation as absurd, saying: “ This scarcity is absurd. I don’t know the reason for this queue in spite of the new pump price.”
Mr. Deji Arowolo, a taxi driver, said that he had to increase fare due to the development because more time was being spent at filling stations to get fuel.
He said:“I just have to double my fare because the time I would have used in working is now being used to queue.”
Mr. Oyewole Akani, the Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association, Oyo-Osun branch, had hinged the scarcity on inadequate supply of the product by the NNPC.
“Most marketers have paid in draft to private depots in Lagos for the past three weeks and they could not get any supply except for the little they got from the NNPC depots across the country,” he said.
The Ibadan NNPC depot, which dispenses about five million litres per day to marketers, could only dispense two million litres.
These, it was gathered, are shared among Oyo, Osun, Kwara and Kogi States as well as Abuja