Fuel Scarcity Hits Jos, Hawkers Record Boom

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*Auchi, Edo State, too

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

A NAN 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, told NAN that 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, Mr 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.

Meanwhile, Major petrol Stations in Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of Edo, have closed down for businesses following fuel scarcity in the area, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A NAN correspondent who visited some petrol stations in Auchi, reports  that the 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, Mr Sola Olajide, said that the fuel scarcity was as a  result of fuel shortage at the Warri loading depot.

Olajide said that the station last got PMS supply on Feb. 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 Feb. 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, Mr. Majek Saliu, blamed the fuel scarcity on non-availability of fuel at the major depot that supplies petroleum products to Auchi.

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.

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.

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