27 October 2015, Bauchi – Motorists and commuters in Bauchi state and its environs are experiencing acute fuel scarcity, a development that has crippled business activities in the past few days.
Black marketers have seized the opportunity of the scarcity in the state to sell a gallon of fuel for N1,200 while at the NNPC mega station a litre of fuel still sells for normal pump price of N87,000 per litre, but the queue was endless.
Some of commuters who spoke to vanguard over the development lamented that the scarcity of fuel in the state has brought hardship on them.
Nura Adamu, a fuel attendant at the Mobile filling station blamed the leadership of the independent petroleum marketers association for the fuel crisis in the state, accusing them of hoarding the product for illegal business transactions.
“This fuel crisis experienced in the state is a result of the refusal of the authorities of petroleum marketers in the state to give the product to fuel stations in the state”
“In the morning we went to A.A Rano filling to get fuel Initially they started selling to us, but later they stopped and said the fuel finished, but i know they still have the product” He said
Reacting to the situation, the state chairman of the Independent petroleum marketers association of Nigeria IPMAN ,Rabiu Arabab attributed the fuel crisis in the state to a hike in price at the petroleum lagos depot.
He said” The lagos petroleum depot usually sells fuel for the state at N77.6k per litre but they recently increased to N88 which connotes a hike in the price”
Also commenting over the development, the state chairman of SERVICOM Steering Committee, Ahmed Bala condemned the hoarding and diversion of petroleum product by some fuel stations, warning that it will not hesitate to sanction any petroleum marketer creating artificial fuel scarcity in the state.
He said he would not take it lightly with anyone found sabotaging the good policies and programmes of the state and federal governments aimed at alleviating the sufferings of their teaming populace