Scarcity of petrol has become unbearable in Ekiti as motorists now sleep in filling stations across the state to have the opportunity to buy. Some of the motorists at the filling station on Wednesday morning were busy washing their faces with water. One of the motorists, Bolaji Oguntuase, expressed disappointment with the fuel marketers for hoarding the product and making them to suffer under the sun all day.
He said many of the marketers had fuel, but deliberately decided not to sell to create artificial fuel scarcity. ”I slept inside my car outside the compound of NNPC before I could buy fuel this morning,” he said. Another motorist, Bidemi Owolabi, said he did not expect the marketers to punish motorists by hoarding fuel.
He called for understanding of the marketers, saying that inadequate fuel in circulation could destablise all forms of businesses in the state. Owolabi said most of them had to sleep in filling stations, while others bought from black markets to carry on with their daily business. He said BOVAS and NNPC were the two filling stations that were consistent in selling fuel.
The State Commissioner for Information, Youth and Sports, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi, described the situation as unfortunate. He expressed displeasure that Ekiti residents could go through the problem.