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News - North East - Bauchi Updated: April 17, 2024

Motorists bemoan as long queues surface at Bauchi fuel stations

By Philip Adeboye
April 17, 2024
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Long lines of vehicles are forming at filling stations across Bauchi metropolis, indicating a shortage of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol.

According to a report by a correspondent who monitored the situation on Tuesday, most stations have run out of stock of the product.

The available petrol is being sold at prices ranging from N730 to N750 per litre at the few stations still with stock, while black market prices have surged to N1,000 per litre.

This situation has resulted in queues at the few stations, causing panic buying among residents.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, a motorist, Adamu Garba expressed his frustration, citing difficulties in accessing petrol due to the scarcity.

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He said the situation had forced motorists to hike transport fares, adding that ” getting petrol now is so hard.

“Most filling stations are not selling, and there are long queues in ones selling”.

Bello Giade, another motorist, blamed petroleum marketers for hoarding the product, resulting in scarcity.

He said the situation exposed them to more pain and affected transportation services.

Also, Sani Abdullahi, an official of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Gombe Road Motor Park branch, dismissed insinuations over the hike in transport fares.

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“We are charging normal transport fare for now. We are still studying the situation to see what will happen before we make a decision,” he said. 

Reacting, Rabiu Baba, the chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Bauchi State chapter, attributed the scarcity to the Easter and Sallah breaks.

Baba said there was a low supply of the product in the area as most of the tanker drivers and staff had yet to resume work after the festivities.

“Bad roads and security situations also delayed the drivers, especially when returning from the west to the northern part of the country.

“It is not peculiar to the independent marketers alone; major marketers are also facing the same problem,” he said. 

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He, however, said the product would soon be available as the supply improved. 

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