Marketers blame the depots for the return of fuel lines in Lagos.

On Tuesday, there were lengthy lineups in Lagos as motorists waited for the item at petrol stations.

In Ikosi-Ketu, the Arepo neighborhood of New Lagos, Obalende, Maryland, and Iju-shaga in Lagos State, the situation was worse.

 

As fuel cost between N195 and N200 a litre on Monday and Tuesday, commuters lamented the state’s rising cost of transportation.

 

In addition, lineups could be visible along the Alausa Secretariat road since automobiles were not allowed within the NNPC (previously Oando). The similar situation was also seen at Total gas stations in Ojota and Palm Grove.

 

Long lines were seen at stations like Mobil and Fatgbems along Berger, which also sold fuel at N200 per litre.

 

Lekki also reportedly had lengthy lines.

Despite selling petrol, the Heyden filling station in Ilupeju had a lengthy line of cars waiting to purchase the good.

 

The Nigerian organization Independent Fuel Marketers Association attributed the problem on the depots and the growing accessibility issues with petroleum goods.

 

Mike Osatuyi, IPMAN’s national controller of operations, told The PUNCH in an interview that the organization’s members had trouble finding enough goods at the depots.

 

No fuel. Even in the tiny quantities we were able to get, DAPPMAN sold it to us for N200/N202 per litre. The price will be around N210 per litre by the time we carry it to our stations,” he added.

 

Getting gasoline from the depots to the members’ filling stations now costs as much as N200 per litre, he noted.

 

In a conversation, Dame Williams Akpani, Chairman of DAPPMAN, explained to The PUNCH that the logistical issues were to blame for the ongoing gasoline shortages.

 

She said that poor roads were also to blame, making it take gasoline tankers from Lagos one week rather than three days to reach Abuja.

 

As of the time of publication, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited’s spokesperson, Garba Deen Mohammed, could not be contacted for comment since his phone was off. No messages were likewise sent to his phone.

 

Oil marketers are protesting what they say the Finance Act’s imposition of a 0.5% tax on the gross turnover of petroleum in the meanwhile.

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