Fuel queues resurface in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, S-East


One week after getting some reprieve from fuel supply hitches, long vehicular queues were noticed at the weekend in some major filling stations across Lagos metropolis, The Sun reports.

Majority of Major Marketers and Independent filling stations were actually out of supply as at Friday and Saturday. But the situation was further compounded yesterday when only a few of the filling stations dispensing fuel had long queues of vehicles. The worrisome development, observers say may have been triggered by the fresh threat issued by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to commence an indefinite strike by 0.00 hours today.

Indications that fuel scarcity had fully returned also emerged yesterday when queues became more pronounced in some filling stations in Abuja, Port Harcourt and parts of the South East. Barely 48 hours after Abuja residents heaved a sigh of relief over what seemed like a return to normalcy after two weeks of scathing fuel scarcity, long queues resurfaced in many filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Apart from the NNPC mega stations in the Port Harcourt metropolis, there was no vehicle at any of the major falling stations. There were also long queues at the NNPC mega station on the Owerri/Onitsha Road, Owerri, being the only station selling at N145 per litre. The same situation was reported in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, where motorists paid between N150 and N180 per litre.