These are not the best of times for residents and motorists in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as long queues have returned to all filling stations in the metropolis, thereby forcing the price of a litre of fuel to N250 in the black market.
The resultant effect of this unending scarcity is that transportation fares have doubled with many passengers stranded in motor-parks and car owners abandoning their vehicles in filling stations. At the popular Central Business District, which houses the highest number of filling stations, long queues have taken over major roads thereby obstructing the free flow of vehicular movements.
Some motorists and passengers who spoke to Saturday Sun decried the unending scarcity of fuel and called on relevant government agencies to remedy the situation. “This is very sad and unacceptable,” declared Hassan Mohammed, a civil servant in Abuja. “How can we pride ourselves as one of the biggest oil producers in the world and still can’t meet local demands?