Many in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, may be compelled to stay away from work or business today, as fuel scarcity bits harder.
The situation may lead to a total standstill of economic and commercial activities in the nation’s capital.
Nigerian Pilot’s investigation reveals that except there is an urgent improvement in the availability of fuel in the territory, Abuja workers may have no option than to remain indoors.
This is because filling stations in Abuja seem to have exhausted their supplies even though fuel hawkers are making brisk business, selling a litre of fuel between N250 and N300.
In fact, except for the NNPC mega filling station in the central business district of Abuja, which has an unending queue of cars, none of the filling stations visited by our correspondent was selling fuel, thereby making things very difficult to both motorists and commuters.
Consequently, where commercial drivers normally carry passengers between N100 and N150, the fare has been increased to 100 percwent, as even private cars carry passengers for N200 and N250.
Chartered taxis within the city centre have also jacked up their prices by 100 percent.
But apart from transportation, other facets of life also have been affected by the fuel scarcity, which include food items, electricity supply and even attendance at churches and recreational centres.
As a result, many government workers and those in the private sector are preparing for the worst if the scarcity worsens.
Some of the Abuja residents who spoke with Nigerian Pilot said they may have no choice but to stay at home since they cannot trek to their places of work or businesses.
The situation is so critical that some car owners also have to abandon their cars for lack of fuel, even as commercial vehicles are similarly limited on the streets of Abuja.


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