Fuel scarcity hits Auchi, environs

The fuel scarcity is as a result of fuel shortage at the Warri loading depot.

Major petrol Stations in Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of Edo State, have closed down for businesses following fuel scarcity in the area.

A correspondent, who visited some petrol stations in Auchi, observed major stations were locked, while petrol attendants sat idly.

Some of the affected Petrol stations are Total, Oando, Auchi, Emeseike, NIPCO, and FO stations.

The Manager of Total station, Sola Olajide, said that the fuel scarcity is as a result of fuel shortage at the Warri loading depot.

Mr. Olajide said that the station last got PMS supply on February 14.

He attributed the fuel scarcity to non availability of fuel at the depot.

“The Warri depot supplies us fuel and they only supplied PMS on February 14.

“And we have been calling them that we need fuel, but all they tell us is that there is no fuel at the depot,” he said.

Also speaking, the Manager of FO filling, Majek Saliu, blamed the fuel scarcity on non availability of fuel at the major depot that supplies petroleum products to Auchi.

Mr. Saliu said that they get their fuel supplies from the AP deport in Benin, adding that station had been in touch with them to supply them PMS.

“As you can see, we have no fuel. It is not that we don’t want to sell; if they supply us fuel, we will sell.

Mr. Saliu debunked rumours that major petrol stations in Auchi deliberately refused to sell fuel because of an impending increase in the price of fuel.

“It is not a deliberate attempt by petrol stations in Auchi to close down due to any planned increase in the prices of petroleum products.

“We sold our last fuel at the rate of N97 per litre. There is no way we can increase when the depot where we get the fuel from has not increased their price.

“If we get supplies now, we will sell at the same rate,” he added.

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