Business activities have drastically slowed down at the popular Gumi market and other business places in Kaduna over fuel scarcity.
Most business owners are witnessing low patronage due to the scarcity as fuel is now sold for between 170 and 200 naira per litre and only at the black market.
No filling station was selling fuel at the popular Ahmadu Bello way and Constitution road.
A shop owner, who gave his name as Alhaji Umar, said, “In just five days, prices of foodstuff have tripled in Kaduna.”
“Three times I visited the market this week, price of food stuff has risen drastically.
“Example, a tin of milk that I sell here for 90 naira is now N120 all in just five days.”
A resident, who also is a fuel attendant at the Shema filling station, Tudun Wada, told PREMIUM TIMES that the station had been out of fuel since Friday.
“We only sell diesel and kerosene and nothing more,” he said.
Most car owners have resorted to using public transport to get to work and to their businesses.
Shafiu Sanusi, a resident of Kawo, said he commuted to work Wednesday leaving his car behind.
“I cannot buy fuel at 200 naira per litre and cope. I will rather use the public transport even though the fare has risen by about 200%.”
Mr. Shafiu called on government to quickly solve the problem as it was already getting out of hand.
He said most black market vendors were selling fuel at exorbitant rates.
Tanimu, a black marketer, who spoke to our reporter said getting fuel even at the black market “is not easy this time around”.
“We go looking for it anywhere and buy. Although we use to buy it at a high price too. If the fuel is not available by the weekend, a litre can jump up to 250 naira next week,” he said.