Fuel scarcity looms in Kwara, as filling stations remain closed

By Mike Adeyemi

Motorists in Kwara are experiencing fuel scarcity as long queues have resurfaced at filling stations in the state, National Pilot learnt.

An investigation conducted by our reporter indicates that the majority of the filling stations in the Ilorin metropolis were under lock and keys.

Checks further reveal that only a few filling stations were selling at the control price of N165 per litre.

The situation was, however, characterised by long queues and filling stations selling only from one or two pumps to customers in spite of the long queues.

The situation outside Ilorin, the state capital  is not different. The majority of the stations remain closed with the few selling doing so at above the governments approved price.

In Moro, Irepodun and Ilorin south Local Governments, marketers are selling at N174 per litre, above the approved price by the government.

Stranded motorists were seen buying from black marketers at higher prices, ranging from N1,000 to N1,500 per fours litres gallon, depending on the locations.

Earlier, this medium had reported that the Independent Petroleum Marketer Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) warned against panic buying of petrol, saying the federal government had no plan to increase fuel price.

IPMAN says though its members plan to increase fuel prices across the country but attributed the current scarcity to downturn in the supply of the product.

Oguntokun Kayode, IPMAN Kwara Secretary, said the artificial scarcity will soon be over urging motorist in the state of harmony to decease from hoarding the product.

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