Again, Fuel scarcity hits Abuja, commuters groan under high fares




By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau

Like an ‘Ogbanje’, the scarcity of petroleum products including the much sought after Premium Motor Spirits (PMS) Monday resurfaced in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

Prompt News reports that the residents of FCT woke up on Monday to see an unexpected scarcity of petroleum products just as long queues are seen at few filling stations in the metropolis still dispensing petrol to motorists.

It was also gathered that the few filling stations that have petroleum products jerked up the pump prices of the products as PMS is now sold between N165 and N180 per litre.

For example, Shema Petroleum and Gas Limited at Gudu District, Abuja sold PMS at N165 while A.Y Shafa and Sons and Gas Limited opposite Gudu Market, FCT shut down the filling station entirely.

Also, Oando and Total filling stations at Julius Berger; Forte located at Apo Legislative Quarters, FCT and other major filling station in Abuja locked their gates against customers on Monday.

Greedy petroleum products marketers have also cashed in on the scarcity of the products to resort to hoarding by shutting down the filling stations.

Fuel attendants at various filling stations visited in Abuja on Monday refused to speak on the cause of the scarcity of the petroleum products.

Prompt News effort to speak to various federal government regulatory agencies like and PPPRA and the National Petroleum Cooperation ( ) did not yield any positive response.

Meanwhile, transport fares in Abuja Metropolis have jumped up as a result of the unexpected increase in the pump price.

Cab operators and other transporters have imposed high fares on the hapless commuters as a trip from Lugbe, Airport junction to Federal Secretariat in the Central Business District (CBD) which used to be N100 now cost N200.

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