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Long queues as fuel scarcity grips Abuja

 

Fuel shortages have hit Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, as oil marketers point to severe weather conditions for the disruption.
On Friday, long queues formed at petrol stations across Jabi, Lugbe, and Kubwa, with drivers waiting in hopes of refueling their vehicles.

Motorists, like Ibrahim Bako, expressed frustration over the scarcity. “Since Thursday, there’s been no fuel. Stations in Gwarinpa and along the Kubwa Expressway are closed. Although Jabi has fuel, the queues are overwhelming. The government needs to address this urgently,” Bako told reporters.

The Major Energy Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (MEMAN) and the Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) have both attributed the scarcity to supply chain disruptions.

Abubakar Migandi, IPMAN President, reported widespread shortages in Abuja but lacked detailed information on the root cause.

Clement Isong, Executive Secretary of MEMAN, explained the impact of recent rains and thunderstorms on fuel distribution. “Heavy rains in Lagos have hampered truck movements, particularly during thunderstorms at the depots.

A 24-hour disruption in the supply chain results in dry stations. Flooded roads and slower driving speeds during the rainy season further complicate the situation,” Isong stated.

Isong reassured the public that the situation would improve soon. “There is fuel in Lagos, and it’s on its way to Abuja. The queues should clear in a few days,” he added.

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