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Fuel scarcity hits Lagos, Ogun
Lagos and Ogun state have joined other states currently experiencing fuel scarcity across the country.
It was observed during the weekend and on Monday that many filling stations in Lagos have remained empty, while those of them that operated sold fuel to customers slightly above the normal pump price.
Daily post had gathered that filling stations across the state including those ones at Ikeja, Egbeda, Apapa, Oshodi, Lagos Island, Lekki, Victoria Island, Agege and others did not work on Saturday and Monday, as they had claimed that they were out of stock.
The few filing stations that sold fuel on Saturday and Monday had a tough time trying to control the crowd and the queue.
Our correspondent had equally gathered that Abeokuta, the Ogun state is also experiencing the same fuel scarcity as only few filling stations in the state had dispensed fuel since Saturday. It was reported that the few filling stations working in the Abeokuta were NNPC Mega filing stations and other few ones that had fuel before the scarcity started in earnest.
Meanwhile, the General Manager, Media, NNPC, Dr. Farouk Ibrahim, had told reporters that the shortage was only temporary. He had affirmed that the shortage resulted from pipeline vandalism, and work was already underway to ensure that the situation returns to normal.
He said: “What is happening now is not fuel shortages but disruption of the distribution channels. With the damage of the Arepo pipeline it has become very difficult to evacuate petroleum products in Lagos and other neighbouring states.”
Stressing on the overwhelming effect of the vandalized pipeline, he said ” the damaged pipeline carries between 9 and 11 million litres of fuel daily, and efforts to evacuate products by trucking has not proved as effective and efficient as the pipelines as most of the private depots have not developed enough infrastructure for trucking.”