Motorists in Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have expressed dismay over the lingering fuel crisis, which has necessitated the return of long queues at filling stations across the city. Motorists at most petrol stations visited on Saturday, bemoaned the lingering shortage in the supply and availability of the fuel also known as Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). Babatunde Olajide, one of the motorists, who spoke on the issue, said he was shocked to continue the experiencing of the agony of spending several hours on long queues at filling stations when the government had the capacity to flood the nooks and crannies of nation with fuel. .
“I have been here for about three hours and still unable to purchase the petrol I came to buy. It’s quite a shame that the citizens of Nigeria, a country which is one of the largest producers of crude oil in Africa, cannot buy PMS with ease. I term this precarious situation of ours as unfortunate, because even the government is apparently bereft of ideas to solve this crisis,” he lamented. Another motorist, who gave his name as John Ayuba, also expressed displeasure over the the return of queues at filling stations across the FCT. “In fact, so many filling stations in the city-centre are not dispensing. That is why I rushed to this satellite town (Kubwa) hoping to find fuel but I am stuck in this queue,” he said.
One of the area managers of a particular petrol station, who spoke under anonymity, attributed the lingering fuel queue at filling stations to shortage in supply which, according to him, has remained inadequate in meeting the high demand of the product. He said: “During the yuletide, most motorists left Abuja to other parts of the country for the Christmas holidays. That is why the queue appeared to have disappeared in the FCT at Christmas. However, since the yuletide ended about two weeks ago, the population in City has surged. “Added to that, the supply which increased during the yuletide also declined. I used to receive about two trucks daily during crisis but now I am only getting one truck daily. Yesterday, I only got 45,000 litres which is not enough.