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Commuters groan as fuel scarcity bites hard

Residents of Lagos Mainland have decried the continuous hardship caused by the fresh fuel scarcity that hit the area in recent days.

Recall that InsideMainland reported the 100% increase in fare rates for commuters plying different routes across the suburban Lagos community and the various complaints of those affected.

Presently, there are no changes in the fuel situation with more motorists turning available petrol stations to their shelter.

Most motorists have resorted to pulling over at the petrol stations operated by major petrol marketers due to the shortage of supply to independent owners who operate filling stations.

In addition, fuel stations across Maryland, Ikeja, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Oworonshoki Expressway, Alausa, Oba Akran among several others have been besieged by residents who are in search of fuel.

Similarly, residents who are in search of fuel have continued to throng the Ikorodu road axis of Lagos Mainland which has currently led to a mild traffic in the area due to the filling station selling fuel in the axis.

Speaking on the hardship caused by the fuel situation, a visibly angry commuter said the situation is unbecoming adding that a lasting solution must be found by the government.

“We can’t continue to suffer for a product we have in abundance in this age. Why do we have people in government offices who are only bothered about their individual gains and not what will better the lives of the masses,” he said.

Another road user, Mrs. Owoeye stated that the current fuel scarcity and the resultant increase in transportation fares will amount to commuters spending more time at bus stations in search of commercial buses that they can afford. “Most people will end up staying longer at bus stops because you hear the bus drivers charging exorbitant rates due to the situation,” she said.

“It is only the masses that will suffer more because those who have to make the decision have refused to address it,” she added.

Meanwhile, as the struggle to get fuel at filling stations across the Lagos Mainland continues, the black market operators continue to trade fuel in jerry cans at exorbitant prices to desperate motorists.



Idris Aina
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