Several parts of Nigeria have been hit by an unprecedented level of fuel scarcity; spanning over a week.
The scarcity which has halted some business activities and commutation in major cities comes after filling stations stopped dispensing Petrol (Premium Motor Spirit) at an alarming level nationwide.
Accounting for the number of places in this category shows that the FCT, Lagos State, Rivers State, Bayelsa State, Kwara State, Nasarawa State, Niger State, Kano State and Ogun State have all been affected over the past few days.
Key reason for the fuel scarcity has been identified as the imported adulterated petrol two weeks ago; which led to an increase in fuel cost in major states in Nigeria.
This has caused a huge hoard of the commodity by black marketers all week.
On-ground research showed that petrol price goes for as high as N600 per litre in Abuja and some parts of Niger and Nasarawa State.
Residents and commercially-based citizens in Ogun State also clamoured for an end to the fuel scarcity, as other fronts of the economy have been affected.
Reports also show that a number of filling stations in the FCT have been out of operation, while those selling to customers have increased pump price.
Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, have also recorded fewer vehicles on its roads in recent days, with commuters stranded due to the fuel scarcity; while Rivers State—particularly at Port Harcourt—have seen transport fares rise absurdly. There are also claims that petrol is sold at N250 per litre in the locale.
States like Bayelsa, Plateau and Benue have posed absurd rates for purchasing fuel as the black market perpetrators sell to demanding citizens.
Meanwhile the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) stated that it is working to solve the problem, revealing that 2.3 billion litres of PMS would hit the shores of Nigeria between now and the end of the month.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) also stated recently that there is an engagement with stakeholders over the scarcity, while the situation is monitored keenly.