22 December 2015, Dutse -As fuel scarcity bites harder in Hadejia, Jigawa, the price of a litre of petrol has risen to N300. Many petrol stations in Hadejia had no product to sell at the time of this report. Petro is only available at black markets where it sold at N300 per litre, well above the N87 approved pump price.
The situation has led to drastic drop in the number of commercial buses on roads in the area. Malam Ibrahim Hassan, a commercial bus driver, said that he was experiencing difficulties getting petrol to buy. Hassan said that the situation was affecting his daily revenue as “I am spending much on fuel due to the lingering scarcity. “
The driver said that he had resorted to carrying more passengers to make up for the expenses on fuel. “I am overloading passengers to avoid incurring losses. “ Malam Baballe Haruna, the Treasurer, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the area, condemned the non-availability of petrol in the area.
Haruna said that the trend had exposed members of the union to hardships, adding that most of them had parked their vehicles. He appealed to the Federal Government to adopt practical measures to end scarcity of petroleum products in the country.