Fuel scarcity hits Kano

Long queues of vehicles have returned to filling stations in Kano State as fuel scarcity bites harder in the city.

PREMIUM TIMES observed that the scarcity started at the weekend as most of the filling stations told motorists that there was no fuel.

But the Kano chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria, IPMAN, accused the supply agents in Lagos for increasing the price of the commodity to 86 naira per litre to them.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, the chairman of IPMAN, Bashir Danmallam, accused three oil majors of causing the scarcity in the state by unilaterally increasing the price of the commodity from N78 to N86 per litre.

According to him, if urgent measures were not taken, the scarcity might worsen.

Mr. Danmallam said other reasons for the scarcity were unavailability of the commodity at the NNPC, saying that even the Depot Managers Association of Nigeria, DAPMAN, left their trucks to stay for weeks without loading in Lagos.

Other problems, he said, were bad roads around Mokwa, Lagos and Jebba roads as it takes their trucks days before reaching Lagos for loading.

A source at the Kano office of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, who pleaded anonymity, however denied that there was any fuel scarcity in the state, saying it “is a normal situation” as filling stations face temporary scarcity at the end of each week.

He said motorists should not panic as DPR would intervene if the situation persists beyond Wednesday.

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