Despite the suspension of strike by workers of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, Thursday, fuel scarcity persisted in Jos, Plateau State, on Friday.
The situation worsened as car owners seemed to have parked away their cars while traffic congestion has reduced.
Most filling stations, which were earlier selling the commodity above the official pump price of N97 per litre, stopped selling Friday.
About 11 filling stations visited between 9:00am and 12: 00 pm on Friday along Bukuru-Abuja-Jos highway were not dispensing fuel. Almost all had been locked up.
The filling stations visited include Jenny Oil, Willno Oil, Aluma oil, Mobile filling station, Capital Oil, Tayan, Master Energy filling station, AP filling station Total filling station; all located along Jos Abuja highway in Bukuru, Jos south Local Government Area of Plateau state.
Other filling stations visited include Bok filling station, Mobil in Hwoshe, Oando and the two NNPC Mega filling stations located between Building Material market and Zarmaganda junction were also under lock and key. Only Basaco oil in Dadinkowa were selling the commodity, but at N125 per litre.
Roadside dealers in petrol also known as “black marketers” were seen selling a four-litre gallon of fuel at N800. A motorist, Dennis Kwaghie, who on Friday parked his car due to non-availability of fuel, said he bought from the black market at N800.
According to him, at about 2pm Thursday, the product had finished at the major NNPC Mega filling station in Jos, along Dogonkerfe in Jos, Jos north Local Government Area of the state.
A visit to the major NNPC Mega filling station on Friday afternoon saw a long queue of vehicles waiting to buy fuel, but was not being sold at the time of PREMIUM TIMES’ visit.
As a result of the development, taxi fare within Jos metropolis has increased. From Vom junction to Gadabiu, usually N100 was N150.
The National Executive Councils of Pengassan and Nupeng agreed to suspend the strike after a long meeting on Thursday with federal government representatives.
Part of the agitations of the workers were the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, which has been pending at the National Assembly for about six years.