Price of petrol rises as scarcity hits Jos

Long queue at filling station

The residents of Jos, the Plateau State capital, woke up on Monday to a fuel price hike.

At several filling stations PREMIUM TIMES visited, petrol was being sold between N110 and N115 per litre.

At Tayan filling station Bukuru, fuel was sold at N115 Naira per litre. At AP, also in Bukuru, the price was N110 Naira per litre, with a long queue of motorists scampering to fuel their vehicles.

Calutal Oil, Total, Mater Energy and Mobil along the Jos-Abuja highway were not selling at the time of PREMIUM TIMES’ visit, though the product was available.

At Basaco Oil, along Dadinkowa area, the product was going for N115 per litre but there was no queue.

There were long queues at filling stations selling petrol at the government approved pump price of N97 per litre.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association, PENGASSAN, and their counterparts in the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NU PENG, embarked on a nationwide strike Monday.

According to NU PENG the decision to strike was sequel to the expiration of the notice to government for the resolution of some labour issues affecting their members as well as other national issues affecting the operation of the petroleum industry.

Already, marketers in Jos are withholding fuel forcing motorists to embark on panic buying to avoid the hike in pump price of fuel.

A commercial driver, Chuwang Musa, said he bought fuel at Oando Oil, along Tudunwa Road at N110 per litre while his colleague who patronised the same station two hours later, got it N115.

PREMIUM TIMES also observed that most filling stations were under lock and key.

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