Fuel scarcity causing hardships and destabilising business activities across various parts of the country is only getting worse as Nigerians have started feeling the financial burden from the incessant hike in the price of petroleum and transportation fare.
On Tuesday morning, everyevery.ng correspondent observed some major bus stops where commuters wait to board commercial vehicles. The findings, which has been so since the beginning of the month, showed that workers have been spending from thirty minutes to an hour (even more in some occasions) before getting any transportation means to their destinations.
Sadly, as mentioned earlier, the situation is not getting any better as transport fare is on the rise, fuelscarcity becoming worse by the day with queues stretching beyond the regular and black market trading which surprisingly never seems to lack the petroleum commodity is still selling from N400/litre and above.
The observation also revealed that several filling stations are still closed and doesn’t look like they are going to be opening anytime soon as mainly the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC filling stations are operating. What is mind-blowing is the fact that there are now different coloration of fuel when placed side by side for comparison and the point that there are also fewer vehicles plying routes leading to busy areas where people go for their daily bread and this is telling on the workers running unintentionally late to work since the shortage in the supply of Premium Motor Spirit. PMS.
Another important point to note is heavy traffic jam created by the fuel line caused by cars and their owners patiently waiting their turns to purchase the scarce commodity.
However, Nigerians are demanding more stringent actions from the Minister of Petroleum Resources who happens to be President Muhammadu Buhari, to help curtail the current situation and reduce the sufferings of citizens struggling to move from one location to another without spending their hard earned currencies on transportation alone when other economic activities are sucking dry the incomes of the ordinary Nigerians.