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Fuel Scarcity hits Kwara State: Queues resurface in filling stations

Fuel Scarcity hits Kwara State: Queues resurface in filling stations

Yvonne Williams

Fuel crisis has hit Kwara State again, especially Ilorin metropolis.

The Punch reports that many petrol stations  were closed on account of scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol.

There were long queues in few petrol stations that were dispensing. Most of the motorists and other buyers who were lucky to buy some litres of petrol complained bitterly of the scarcity and the increase in the price.

According to them, a litre of petrol is now sold for N100 or more in the few filling stations that have the product.

It was also learnt that petrol now sells for about N120 per litre or more in few stations that still have it.

The Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association, Olanrewaju Okanlawon, Ilorin depot, in a telephone interview said marketers from the state have been unable to get more supply from Lagos or other depots.

He stated that many of them do not have petrol in their stations as, according to him, only a truck per day is made available at the Oke-Oyi depot.

Okanlawon said, “There is no product in the system. There is no fuel in Lagos to get to Ilorin. Presently in all the private depots in Lagos that we are buying from are selling the product at N92 or N93 per litre.

“That is why many people stayed off from buying the product. Even the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation does not have the product.

“Ibadan does not have product and Ilorin has not been loading. They are just giving us one truck per day in Musomi depot.  People are selling N100 and above because they bought at a higher price. Infact many of us are not even selling because we do not even have the product.”