In Port Harcourt, the state capital of Rivers, long lines have resurfaced at petrol stations.
Last week, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) threatened to halt the removal of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as gasoline, from depots in the state due to claims that security personnel had harassed them.
As queues have been seen at many gas stations in the state capital and its environs, it would appear the petroleum marketers have acted on their promise.
A passing motorist in Port Harcourt would be bombarded by either closed gas stations or queues forming at the ones operating. You’d be excused for wanting to know what is happening.
Customers who spoke with Channels Television bemoaned not only the length of time it took them to buy the product but also the subsequent increase in its price.
A unhappy consumer who identified himself only as Ebere said that the price rise had resulted in higher transportation costs.
Some stations were shut down, but those that were open raised their costs. Channels Television found that the attendant at the NNPC retail station on East-West road was selling fuel for 190 even though the dispenser’s meter read 179 per liter.
Tempers have started to flare up because to the longer wait times and annoyance with the situation, even if some people have resorted to storing up on the product in containers since they are unsure about what the future will bring.
If past gasoline shortages are any indication, Garden City residents might just be in for a very unpleasant time. It is unknown how long this scarcity will endure and if there is any light at the end of the tunnel.