Fuel scarcity Looms in Lagos and Abuja as People File up in Long queues at Petrol Stations

There is currently a shortage of petrol in some metropolitan cities of Abuja and Lagos, as private and commercial users of petrol were seen on long queues for hours trying to buy petrol from fuel stations.



The scarcity began over the weekend with some people reporting that they spend over 50mins to 1hr before they could buy petrol in some cities of Lagos.


Fuel stations in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki reported larger than usual number of influx of customers, but it grew to a full scale of petrol scarcity on Monday morning, which led to panic in some areas.



While this was attributed to increased demand for fuel due to power outage following a fire incident that led to the shutdown of Nigeria’s largest power plant, Egbin, from the national grid, last week, the long queues persisted yesterday morning despite improved power supply. There were long queues on Awolowo road in Ikoyi, which caused gridlock along the axis.


Most of the fuel stations visited in the metropolis claimed they were without supply. The few stations that had supply attracted long queues. From Ojodu-Berger to Lekki, Gbagada, Alapere, Oshodi-Apapa axis, Ajah, Sangotedo, Mile-2, among others, long queues were sighted in filling stations, which in some stations spiraled into the major roads.



Many commuters along the Lekki-Epe Expressway, including Sangotedo and Victoria Garden City (VGC) axis had a hectic time in traffic. On the Island (Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Obalende axis), only a few stations had supply with manageable queues. It was the same situation along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.



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