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Ekiti residents groan as fuel scarcity bites hard

Fuel scarcity17 February 2014, Ado Ekiti — Petrol scarcity has hit Ekiti state as long queues of vehicles are back in most towns especially Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

Weekly Trust observed that virtually all filling stations in the state capital have long queues of vehicles as most of them refused to sell the commodity to motorists.

Some of the fuel stations opened for business without attending to buyers while some others locked up their gates.

As a result of the development, many commuters were stranded by the road sides as only a few commercial vehicles and motorcycles plied the roads.

Many people were forced to either trek long distances to their places of work return home after waiting for commercial vehicles to no avail.

Some civil servants who have private cars took commercial motorcycles to their offices as they parked their vehicles at home due to scarcity of fuel.

A resident, Mr. KolapoIbijuwon, said he began to notice the scarcity on Wednesday when some filling stations suddenly closed shop at about noon.

Another resident, Mrs. Abigail Lakunle, said her family was unable to put on their generator since Thursday, adding that her husband who works in one of the ministries had been trying to get fuel without success.

The secretary of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association in Ekiti State, Mr. ZubairJimoh, absolved his members of any complicity, blaming the scarcity on a shortfall in supply of the commodity at the various depots.

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