Fuel scarcity resurfaced again yesterday, after about three weeks of adequate supply.
A market survey in Sokoto and its environs showed that many oil marketers did not have the product to sell, thereby creating opportunities for black marketers to sell above government stipulated price.
However, an independent marketer, who spoke under anonymity, described the nonchalant attitude of Nigerians to cause artificial scarcity.
He said there was no fuel scarcity, saying “only marketers are looking for ways to make quick money for themselves through dubious ways.’
Investigations in Sokoto showed that queues, which were noticed about 11a.m in the city centre, quickly spread to satellite towns, creating panic among motorists.
Our correspondent, who monitored the development, reports that only few filling stations opened for business.
As at 6p.m, virtually all the filling stations still dispensing were besieged by anxious motorists struggling to fill their tanks.
“Government should not let this fuel scarcity happen again because we lose so much each time there is such shortage,” a customer lamented.
Unlike filling stations where the product was still selling at N87 per litter, black market operators again took advantage of the supply shortfall to hike prices to between N100 and N200 per liter, depending on location.
The manager, Department of Petroleum Resource, DPR, in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, Alhaji Bello Maru, said he could not speak on the Sokoto situation because he was transfered to Lagos but was optimistic that the scarcity will soon be over.