The problem of fuel scarcity seems to linger on as long queues of motorists and other users of petrol were sighted in filling stations in Lagos and Ogun on Saturday and Sunday.
This is coming after what seemed like a temporary period of relief from scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol.
Many of the stations in the two states were shut on Sunday, while some of the ones that dispensed the product sold above the official pump price of N145 per litre.
Some filling stations in Ikotun, Ejigbo, Isolo, Idimu, and Igando areas of Lagos, and Akute in Lagos, were selling at between N160 and N180 per litre, while others only sold to motorcycle riders and other petrol seekers with jerry cans, who were charged at least N200 extra by petrol attendants.
Black market operators were having a field day as they sold the product for as much as N250 per litre on Sunday.
Punch reported that on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the queues of motorists at some of the few stations that sold the product spilled onto the road, disrupting the flow of traffic.
The Executive Secretary, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, Mr. Olufemi Adewole, in a telephone interview with Punch on Sunday, noted that the queues had been eliminated to a great extent before now.
He stated, “Definitely, if marketers have fuel, there won’t be queues. It simply means there is insufficient supply, and the NNPC still remains the supplier of last resort. So whatever they give to marketers, that is what marketers will dispense to the public.
“If you go to some DAPPMA stations now, you will see the tankers of major marketers dispensing there because the NNPC has not given us enough products for the last 10 days. Many of our people did not get products, and in order to keep their stations busy, they resorted to buying from MOMAN (Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria) members.”