By Ediri Ejoh & Iloaze Blessed-Odidi
Despite series of assurances by the Federal Government to ease the plight of Nigerians over the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, generally known as petrol, succour may still be far from sight as the prices of this product continue to strive at N150 per litre at both major and independent marketers against the regulated price of N86.50 per litre. This simply puts to doubt the watchdog role of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that major marketers across the country have enjoyed the luxury of playing part in the sale of petrol at N150 per litre, which was earlier reported to have been the practice of independent marketers.
Specifically, filling stations visited by Saturday Vanguard either had their gates shut or gushed with desperate customers who had queued for hours to get the product at whatever cost.
However, stations including Forte Oil at Chemist Bus stop, Eterna at Alakija, Conoil at Free Niger, Bonjour and Total both at Agbara, Total and Mobil at Olodi-Apapa, Kirikiri Road, Apapa Road along Oyingbo etc., had their gates shut at the early hours of the morning, though with anxious motorists parked along the gates, unconsciously blocking other motorists, and causing traffic hold-ups.
Investigations carried out by Saturday Vanguard also revealed that the defaulters of these ‘price in diversity’, in order to avoid been caught by DPR enforcers, resume sales during late hours, between 6pm and 7pm.
While Conoil at Cele Bus stop, and other filling stations along Badagry Road continue to dispense at the price of N150 to N220 per litre, some stations on Ikorodu Road like NIPCO, Total, Conoil and Forte Oil are selling but experiencing long queues.