Fuel queues resurface in Abuja

 12th April 2024

Fuel queues, yesterday, resurfaced in major filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, amid the Eid-El-Fitri celebrations.

No official reason was given for the scarcity as at the time this report was filed. However, Daily Sun gathered that most of the tanker drivers, who are Muslims, did not supply to filling stations because of the Sallah break.

The few stations that sold at N670 had long queues with one or two pumps dispensing.

Black marketers made fortune out of the droughts as they sold a litre of fuel for N800. Drivers who could not persevere had to patronise roadside sellers.

A black marketer, Abdullahi Musa, who spoke to this reporter said: “I bought at NIPCO filling in Gwagwalada at N670 and sold at 800 per litre. I paid N1500 for transportation from Gwagwalada to Kubwa. If I do not sell at that price I will not make my money.”

A commerical driver, simply identified as Maxwell, said he spent about 3 hours before he could buy at a fuel station along Kubwa Expressway.

“I just can tell what the problem is. I spent 3 hours at NIPCO filling station here in Kubwa. Only one pump was dispensing. How can one pump serve cars, those buying in Jerry cans and motorcycle riders? You can imagine the stress. We hope that before the end of today or tomorrow, those in charge would do the needful.”


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