Serious Panic Hits Kaduna State With Fresh Fuel Scarcity

Serious Panic Hits Kaduna State With Fresh Fuel Scarcity
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Kaduna State has on Monday recorded a major panic among most of its residents and motorists as a fresh bout of fuel scarcity had hit several filling stations in Kaduna State and its environs on Monday.

Several fuel stations had been reported to be under lock and key with a long queues of motorists as well and following this occurence, it has also been reported that the commercial motorcycles, buses have hiked transport fares by 50 percent.

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A resident, Madam Ashatu Suleiman, has revealed that she had paid N150 from Sabon Tasha to Kaduna Central market, where she sells foodstuff.

According to her, as she was returning this evening, she paid N200.

It had also been observed that transportation fare from Kaduna to Zaria has increased to N1,000 instead of N800.

Many have feared that the fuel scarcity in the state was due to Kogi flooding which did not allow fuel trucks easy passage.

However, the station Manager of Enyoojo filling station, Mr. Samuel Ebiko, said the fuel scarcity in Kaduna station has nothing to do with the Kogi flood.

In another report, the Minister of state for petroleum, Timipre Sylva on Wednesday asserted that marketers are to blame for the long queues for fuel in the nation’s capital while also absolving the Federal Government of any guilt.

Speaking to reporters after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, Sylva asserted that the NNPC has a very good supply of the product at the moment hence the queues and scarcity were unexplainable.

‘Frankly, it is not a supply issue, as you can also confirm. So it’s not from us. But you know When you have an arbitrage opportunity, people will tend to take advantage of it. These are some of the fallouts of the subsidy regime,” Sylva said.

 

Africa Daily News, New York

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