Naija Big Boys & Girls Groan As Acute Fuel Shortage Hits Nigeria [Photos]

Date: 03-03-2014 11:11 pm (7 years ago) | Author: franel
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«§» 3 March 2014

Long queues of vehicles piled up at petrol stations across Nigeria on Monday while commuters were left stranded at bus stops as a fuel shortage hits hard.

Petrol marketers and tanker drivers blamed the shortfall on a delay in the approval of fuel import permits by the state-run oil firm — and warned that the situation could take weeks to resolve.

They called on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), accused recently by the former central bank governor of defrauding $20 billion in oil revenue, to make petrol reserves available.



In the meantime, motorists began panic buying and attendants were seen doing a brisk trade selling fuel in jerry-cans and plastic containers.

Drivers waited in line for fuel in the financial hub Lagos over the weekend as well as in the capital Abuja, the southern oil city of Port Harcourt and Kano, the biggest city in the north. In nearby towns of Ijebu-Ode and Epe, most fuel stations did not sell fuel on Sunday.

The few stations that have fuel were selling at between 100 and 150 naira (60-90 US cents, 43-65 euro cents) per litre — well above the official subsidised price of 97 naira, while it was heard that it was sold for N250/litre in some part of Lagos.

In Lagos, home to an estimated 20 million and notorious for traffic snarl-ups, long tail-backs outside petrol stations caused gridlock on roads, hitting even the shortest journeys.

“I have been in the queue since 4:00 am (0300 GMT) when I left home but it appears this petrol station will not sell,” motorist Sola Oke told a reporter at a filling station in the Abule-Egba district.

The shortage also had a knock-on effect on buses, which are widely used for commuting, forcing up fares by at least 50 percent and making those unable to pay the new prices to walk.

Businesses in Nigeria depend on petrol, not just to run company fleets but also back-up electricity generators given daily power outages on the country’s crumbling grid.

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) claimed the shortage was caused by a delay in approving fuel imports in the first quarter of this year.

“The importers got their permits for the first quarter only last week and this has created a shortfall in supply,” said the head of NUPENG’s petrol truck drivers arm, Tokunbo Korodo.

Depots ran out of fuel supplies two weeks ago, prompting rationing of the little that remained to petrol stations across the country, he added.

“A depot that normally loads 200 trucks now loads 25. In such a situation, there will be scarcity in the market,” he added.

Korodo said the shortage may continue until tankers brought fresh supplies, but he warned that it takes about three weeks to ship in fuel from abroad and it would take “some time” before there was enough fuel available across the country.

“The NNPC should release petrol from its reserves to save the situation,” he added.









Posted: at 3-03-2014 11:11 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
- justomag at 3-03-2014 11:24 PM (7 years ago)
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9ja na...............
Posted: at 3-03-2014 11:24 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Afrogotojail at 4-03-2014 05:49 AM (7 years ago)
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Na wah o.
Posted: at 4-03-2014 05:49 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- bissau at 4-03-2014 10:16 AM (7 years ago)
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very useless country naigeria
Posted: at 4-03-2014 10:16 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- doncoyon at 4-03-2014 10:29 AM (7 years ago)
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ONLY IN THE ZOO. CAGED LIKE ANIMAL TRAPED IN THE JUNGLE NOWHERE TO GO BIAFRA BIAFRA BIAFRA WE WILL BE BETER THAN THEM GRRATER THAN THEM BIGER STRONGER TJAN THEM SMARTER THAN THEM.  HO TO RADIO BIAFRA CONTRIBUTE IN SPIRIT CONTRIBUTE IN STRUGLE FOR OUR FREEDOM
Posted: at 4-03-2014 10:29 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- osamabinladin at 4-03-2014 10:46 AM (7 years ago)
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 Sad
Posted: at 4-03-2014 10:46 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- proly at 4-03-2014 11:13 AM (7 years ago)
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kk
Posted: at 4-03-2014 11:13 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- waffibabe at 4-03-2014 11:13 AM (7 years ago)
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dat dude on yello top dey dance or sell?
Posted: at 4-03-2014 11:13 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ngfineface at 4-03-2014 11:19 AM (7 years ago)
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I'm ashame of our leaders. Nigeria is the only country that export fuel yet always on fuel scarcity in home country Sad Sad Sad Sad
Posted: at 4-03-2014 11:19 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Kechywillz at 4-03-2014 11:28 AM (7 years ago)
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this kind of country called nigeria,i never see!!! Una dey make things hard n unbearable for the masses

Posted: at 4-03-2014 11:28 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- iamDonc at 4-03-2014 11:34 AM (7 years ago)
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I said it before, Sanusi was right but was misunderstood and framed up, Our Leader please help us the poor masses are suffering
Posted: at 4-03-2014 11:34 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- micc at 4-03-2014 11:42 AM (7 years ago)
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I c
Posted: at 4-03-2014 11:42 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- BlueIxora at 4-03-2014 11:51 AM (7 years ago)
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How can a country lack what they produce in massive quantity? This is the question that boggles my mind.
Posted: at 4-03-2014 11:51 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kelvos007 at 4-03-2014 12:32 PM (7 years ago)
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the country will be better off without northerners who control NNPC n d so called biafra
Posted: at 4-03-2014 12:32 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- okilo101 at 4-03-2014 01:13 PM (7 years ago)
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Na so
Posted: at 4-03-2014 01:13 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dareper at 4-03-2014 01:36 PM (7 years ago)
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God! Why must u look the other way? Allowing our government to treat us like shit. This fuel of a thing is readily available to be exported in other country while the owners suffers in penury. They export it in a large quantity to other country, collecting the money and increasing their bank account while we suffered to get it at affordable price. God, if all these our leaders is doing to us is good to u, then it's also good to us.
Posted: at 4-03-2014 01:36 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- abk01 at 4-03-2014 01:42 PM (7 years ago)
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ISLAM   D   RELIGION   OF   PEACE

WEL, I SHADE TEARS FOR DIS GEJ ADMINISTRATION & HIS USELESS BLOODSUCKING TRANSFORMATION AGENDA


WAT  GOES  AROUND WIL SURELY COMES AROUND
Posted: at 4-03-2014 01:42 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- dickman2 at 4-03-2014 02:26 PM (7 years ago)
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 Huh? Huh? Huh?
Posted: at 4-03-2014 02:26 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- cocoeni at 4-03-2014 02:52 PM (7 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked nawaooo
Posted: at 4-03-2014 02:52 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- yettyness at 4-03-2014 02:58 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: Kechywillz on  4-03-2014 11:28 AM
this kind of country called nigeria,i never see!!! Una dey make things hard n unbearable for the masses
That's Nigeria ooh.
Posted: at 4-03-2014 02:58 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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