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Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder In Osun

Posted: Mar 31, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Gbenga Faturoti, OSOGBO

As fuel scarcity bites harder across the country, many motorists on Wednesday faced strenuous moment as they took to trekking because of fuel scarcity.

Independent revealed that almost all filling stations in Osogbo, the state capital, and other major towns such as Ilesa, Iwo, Ejigbo, Okorun, Igbajo, Gbongan, Iire, Ede, Ile-Ife and others places were without petrol, a development that made residents of the state to suffer untold hardship.

Only few vehicles were seen plying the major routes of Osogbo and other towns with most commercial buses increasing their fares by more than 100 per cent.

A route which normally cost N30 before now is being charged between N60 and N80 while Osogbo to Ibadan which normally cost N500 is now between N1, 000 and N1, 200.

Most commuters were seen beside the road waiting to board vehicles and always struggled to catch a bus. The NNPC mega station located along Lameco area was the only filling station with fuel amid long queue.

A litre of petrol is being sold at official rate of N86 while at black market a litre is being sold for as much as N200 per litre.

Though, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum, has apologised to Nigerians over the scarcity of the products and accompanied hardship saying that the scarcity would be over on or before April 7, 2016.

The scarcity has also forced prices of some consumable items up by between 10 per cent and 20 per cent. For instance, a sachet of water is now sold at N10 instead of N5, its original cost.

Speaking with Independent, Mrs. Yetunde Oladejo appealed to the Federal Government to quickly intervene and resolve the crisis in good time, saying that the hardship was biting hard on Nigerians.

She explained that the scarcity had effect on all other sectors of the economy saying that before now, it was dollar that was scarce but not fuel has forced other sectors.