Long queues had been seen in certain parts of Lagos State on Tuesday, November 22, as motorists spent several hours at filling stations, waiting to purchase the product.
It was reported that the situation was especially bad in Ikosi-Ketu, Arepo area of New Lagos, Obalende, Maryland, and Iju-shaga in Lagos State. Queues were additionally seen along the Alausa Secretariat Road, as the NNPC (former Oando), and Total filling stations in Ojota and Palm Grove. was barred to motorists.
This situation is coming as commuters in the state had bemoaned the hike in prices of transportation fares in the state on Monday and Tuesday, as petrol was sold between the prices of N195 and N200 per liter. Already, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, had blamed the fuel scarcity and the increasing difficulty in accessing petroleum products on the depots.
Mike Osatuyi, the National Controller, Operations, IPMAN, during an interview, remarked that members of the association could not get enough products at the depots.
Additionally, the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association’s Executive Secretary, DAPPMAN’s Chairman, Dame Williams Akpani, had, told The PUNCH newspapers that the fuel crises were happening because of logistics challenges.
According to her, bad roads lead to petrol trucks taking up to one week instead of three days to arrive in Abuja from Lagos was also responsible for the scarcity.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for NNPC, Garba Deen Mohammed, could not be reached for his remarks at the time of writing this report.