Petrol scarcity: Black market booms in Jos

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FILE PHOTO: Fuel queue

There is petrol scarcity in the Plateau capital.

Hawkers of petroleum products, popularly called black marketers, are recording a boom in business following the scarcity of petrol in Jos and its environs.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a litre of Premium Mentholated Spirit (PMS) or petrol now sells for N120 at the black market adjoining the NNPC mega station on Murtala Mohammed Way, Jos.

A correspondent who monitored the fuel situation in the Plateau capital on Wednesday reported that most filling stations were not selling as they remained shut.

Some of the stations closed to motorists in the past one week included Mobil on Yakubu Gowon Way, Total in Dadinkowa, and NNPC franchise station in Zarmaganda, all located within Jos metropolis.

Others are Total and Akemmana both on Domkat Bali road, as well as Manbol Brothers, Oando and Jofemba Global all on Bitrus Rwang road, Jos.

Similarly, the NNPC mega station on Murtala Mohammed Way and Texaco on Kashim Ibrahim Way, Jos, was also closed to motorists.

Officials of the company, who preferred anonymity, said they were yet to receive supply.

They said that they had no idea what was disrupting normal supply of the products to their stations.

They, however, said that their reserve was for security operations only and not for sale to the general public.

Reacting to the development, Shehu Yusuf, Head, Retails, Outlets and Marketing of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, office in Jos, said that the department was meeting and would not comment.

(NAN)

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