Fuel shortage resurfaces in Lagos state over harassment of tanker truck drivers

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Fuel shortage has returned to Lagos State as of Monday 21 November.

This according to statements from neighbors who live in various areas of the state.

Nairametrics spoke to some residents on Monday morning and found that following fuel shortages in Lagos, Abuja and other states three weeks ago, long queues at gas stations have resurfaced on the streets of Lagos.

On October 28, 2022, the Nigerian Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Union (NUPENG) wrote to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to complain about the youth of the community under the name: Forum of Indigenous Unit, who are harassing, intimidating and extorting tanker truck drivers and other people on the road.

  • Part of the letter read: “We are deeply compelled to draw your urgent attention to the unhealthy activities of some criminal elements who are parading along Lekki Free Trade Zone Road, Eleko Ibeju, Lekki, as community youth under the name of Indigenous Unity Forum, harassing , intimidating and extorting. money from all oil truck drivers, who are NUPENG/PTD members who drive on the road.
  • “We have no other obligation than to demand that Your Excellency urgently put an end to the unwholesome activities of these criminals and the like throughout the state, otherwise we would have no choice but to direct our members, for the sake of the safety of their lives and property, to stay away from all of Lagos State until sanity, law and order is restored.”

Statements from neighbors: Mr. Uwaila Egbon told Nairametrics that he noticed a buildup of queues over the weekend but paid no attention to it. However, he saw really long lines and crowds at fuel stations this morning during his commute between Ikosi-Ketu and the Arepo area of ​​New Lagos.

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Cynthia Osatohanmwen told Nairametrics that, as of Monday morning, she paid more than her usual N300 transportation fare from Obalende to Maryland. She said fuel shortages are back in Lagos and this is affecting travel for those without personal vehicles. She said:

  • “If this continues, many of the buses will get stuck in fuel queues and we will be on our feet for hours just to get the transport to work. Some of us have to deal with inquiries from management about being late for work. All this wahala plus the normal traffic situation is just too much to deal with.”

Gabriel Kolawole told Nairametrics that there are fuel queues in Iju-shaga and fuel is sold at many fuel stations for N195. According to Kolawole, residents of the area are surprised to find that the long lines are back and many are at a loss as to how to handle the looming crisis.

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Jessica Inoni confirmed the fuel shortage; she told Nairametrics that a Mobil fuel station in her residential area sells fuel for up to N200 per litre. According to her, the shortage is already making merchants have to travel to sell their wares, to increase the prices of their wares. She said:

  • “Prices will continue to rise as fuel shortages persist, that’s another problem for the average Lagosian, especially those of us who only get by on our meager earnings. Why is fuel scarce again? It’s too much. The government has to do something.”

Some Twitter users have also complained about fuel shortages in Lagos state:

For the record: The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently released the multidimensional poverty report. The report put Nigeria’s poverty index at 0.257, with around 133 million people multidimensionally poor.

  • Factors such as health care, food insecurity, education, nutrition, and access to cooking fuel were the largest contributors to the national poverty rate. According to the NBS, more than half of the Nigerian population is multidimensionally poor and lacks fuel for cooking.

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