Fuel scarcity hits Zaria, pump price increase
By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Fuel scarcity has hit Zaria and environ in Kaduna State as motorists spend hours with long line up of vehicles in the few filling stations that are dispensing the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and at higher pump price than the government regulated one.
Our correspondent in the area reports that most independent marketers’ filing stations were closed. All effort to speak with some of them yielded no fruit as they all refused to give reason for non availability of the commodity.
Our investigations revealed that a litre sells for between 97 naira and 100 naira as against the regulated pump price of 87 naira per litre.
Some motorists who spoke to New Nigerian expressed dismay over the situation despite government efforts in making life easier to the citizenry by ensuring the misdeeds of the past are not repeated.
According to most of them, the fuel scarcity is adding to the woes of the common man and frustrating their effort to make ends meet. Some alleged that the major marketers are hoarding the commodity for reasons best known to them.
They called on the government to act fast by ensuring the regulatory body; Petroleum Product and Marketing Company (PPMC) carry out its functions by ensuring the marketers do not frustrate government effort aim at making the commodity available and at affordable and regulated price to the consumers.