Fuel Scarcity which hit Lagos State, Ogun and other states continued to bite harder on Sunday with longe queues appearing in most of the petrol stations visited in Ojodu, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Ikeja.
Long queues were spotted at Oando in Ojodu, Ikeja, with fuel attendants selling with two dispensing pumps. But on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Funmec Petrol Station was not selling, except Total and Conoil Filling Stations.
As at 3PM when our correspondent visited the stations, Total was selling but has long queues to contend with same with Mobil almost opposite the Lagos State Secretariat. At Conoil, the fuel attendants were selling fuel only to announce to motorists on queue that they have decided to stop selling fuel since the stock is almost exhausted.
At Alapare, Oando was selling but all the stations opposite Oando on the way to Lagos Island were not selling fuel. Many who had queued for Premium Motor Spirit(PMS) left the queue very disappointed.
Long queues were also seen at Mobil on Lateef Jakande Way and some petrol stations along Ikorodu way.
“This is nonsense, why will they stop selling all of a sudden. I don’t blame them”, James Eromosele, one of the motorists told our correspondent. He said most of the petrol stations have stocks and called on the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to visit petrol stations in Lagos to ascertain the true situation of things.
Meanwhile the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers(NUPENG) has attributed the current scarcity to unfair labour practice in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), the Department of Petroleum Resources(DPR) and marketers.
NUPENG President Achese Igwe threatened to shut down supply last week unless government intervenes in the matter. He spoke even as officials of the NNPC have attributed the scarcity to panic buying adding that the nation has enough stock of fuel and that all the refineries are working pending when imported items on high seas will arrive.