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Fuel Scarcity Hits Katsina

Posted: Oct 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Long queues have resurfaced in filling stations in Katsina metropolis due to fuel scarcity.

A correspondent of NAN reports that in the metropolis, only NNPC Mega station and Forte Oil were dispensing the product at N87 per litre.

Many filing stations remained closed, while the few ones sold the commodity at N100 per litre and above.

The few filling stations selling the product at the normal price had long queues of vehicles.

Such stations dispensed the product to black marketers in jerry cans, who in turn sell to desperate motorists at exhorbitant prices.

A motorist, Alhaji Umar Ismail, urged the Federal Government to address the issue of scarcity, saying that it had affected the socio-economic activities of the people.

He also urged fuel marketers to desist from causing hardship because of their personal gain.

Alhaji Yunusa Iron-Baba, a representative of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), said the scarcity was due to inadequate allocation to marketers in the state.

He said members of the association got the product at N97 per litre from Kano, adding that in Katsina to realise profit from it, it would cost above N100 per litre.

Iron -Baba said some marketers decided to close their stations until the situation improves.

The State Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources, Alhaji Muhammad Sani, said the marketers’ claims were wrong because the product was still being sold at the normal rate.

He said there was no plan to increase the price.

Sani warned that any marketer caught dispensing the product above the official rate would pay a fine of N100,000.