FUEL SCARCITY: NO RESPITE YET FOR MOTORISTS IN JOS

JAMES ABRAHAM

The lingering fuel scarcity is yet to abate in Jos and Bukuru metropolis as long queues persist in few filling stations that have the product for sale to members of the public
This is in spite of several appeals by the Plateau State Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR,who at a press conference in Jos last week by its operations Manager, Jeremiah Mashat assured residents that the problem of fuel scarcity in the state will soon be over
However, Correspondent JAMES ABRAHAM, who has been monitoring the situation reports that barely one week after the promise by DPR, most filling stations in Jos and Bukuru metropolis were still without the product on Wednesday ,with motorists and passengers complaining of high cost of petrol in the black markets which adversely affected cost of transportation.
Some passengers who spoke with JAY FM in Jos on Thursday complained bitterly of the hike in transport fares occasioned by the arbitrary increase in price of petrol
Also, some transporters said that their businesses recorded low patronage during this year’s Christmas celebration lamenting that the trend has continued ahead of the new year celebration which they attributed to the harsh economic situation in the country and the prevailing fuel scarcity
While further lamenting the inability of the APC administration to put the situation under control before the festive period so as to enable Nigerians enjoy the festive season, the motorists as well as residents urged President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to do everything possible to end the fuel scarcity in the interest of the suffering masses

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