By Bala Ajiya
DAMATURU—Despite efforts of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to curtail fuel scarcity across the federation, Yobe State still records long queues in most of the filling stations, where the product is available.
When Vanguard visited the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Mega Station along Maiduguri Road, there was a kilometre-long queue of vehicles, which caused traffic gridlock.
Meanwhile, black market dealers were doing business.
“I have been in the filling station for more than 12 hours waiting to get fuel, while hawkers are busy making brisk business with officials of the filling station and the long queue persists unabated,” said a customer in one of the petrol stations in the metropolis.
Efforts made to contact the Station Manager, Mustapha, proved abortive as he couldn’t be reached on phone.
At press time, the traffic jam on Damaturu-Maiduguri Road had worsened.