Fuel scarcity hites some parts of Lagos, as filling stations hoard product

Written by on June 20, 2022

Fuel scarcity has returned to some parts of Lagos, as queues resurfaced in some filling stations along Lagos Ibadan expressway, Ikorodu road, and Ikoyi on Monday.

This was confirmed by our analysts who visited some filling stations along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ikorodu road, Lagos Mainland; Obafemi Awolowo way, Ikoyi and Obalende; Lagos Island on Sunday evening and Monday morning.

There seems to be some level of anxiety and confusion in Lagos as the fuel scarcity appears to have hit some parts of the state, as queues were sited at filling stations across the areas mentioned above.

While several filling stations were shut, there were unusual long queues of vehicles at a few filling stations in Berger, Alausa, Ojodu, Ikoyi, Obalende and Victoria Island on Sunday evening and Monday morning trying to buy Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol.

The scarcity, according to our findings, is caused by increased demand for the product due to fears that the Federal Government may remove fuel subsidy soon.

The long queues at the filling stations which have been causing traffic in those locations seem to have persisted on Monday morning.

The Manager of one of the Enyo filling stations on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, who preferred anonymity, explained that his management decided to sell only N3,000 worth of fuel to each motorist on Sunday afternoon in order to manage the little fuel they have.

On why the station took such a decision, he said, “We were informed to do that because nobody knows the decision the Federal Government may take this week or soon. There is a tendency that the price may go up this week.

“The tanker drivers are not also finding it easy to buy diesel, whose price has skyrocketed too. Diesel is too expensive and at the same time scarce. If they don’t get diesel, how will they supply us fuel?”

A fuel attendant at an Oando filling station, who spoke with our analyst, disclosed that the directive to shut the station was given by its manager on Sunday afternoon.

He said, “The manager asked us to shut the station not because there is no fuel but because the price of fuel may go up this week due to the scarcity of the product.

(NAIRAMETRICS)


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