Port Harcourt residents are currently suffering fuel scarcity, and this has given rise to long queues at filling stations across the capital city of Rivers State and its environs.
According to reports gathered by Naijauto, the fuel scarcity started gaining momentum on Monday afternoon at about 3pm, following the decision of fuel dealers to close up. Investigations revealed that the dealers decided to close their stations due to speculations that the main depot in Port Harcourt had stopped distributing fuel.
Shortly after the news went round, queues started building up at Mobil filling station located along the Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway. Motorists who visited the filling station to get fuel had a hard time making their purchase. Although fuel was sold at N145 per liter as usual, motorists were on the queue waiting for hours before getting fuel.
A motorist who identified himself as Chinonyerem revealed that his efforts to get fuel at several other filling stations proved abortive, hence, he had no choice but to join the long queue at Mobil filling station with the hope of getting fuel at the end of the day.
“I don’t know what the cause of the scarcity is, but it is good to notice that they did not increase the fuel price here (Mobil filling station). I have been here for over one hour. I know I will get fuel before I leave here,” he further stated.
Residents scrambling to get fuel at a filling station
As of Tuesday morning, most stations were still locked up, without any signs of opening for business. Owners were not willing to sell yet. They were hoping for an increase in the selling price due to the scarcity that was created.
Speaking on the development, a commercial driver identified as James said the scarcity was due to rumors that the Port Harcourt depot had shutdown. He said: “Immediately the rumor got to these fuel dealers, they began to close their filling stations. The few ones that opened did not believe the rumour. That is what is causing this scarcity.”
However, Ikenna Okpani, Media Officer – Port Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company revealed that he was not aware of the development.
“I am not aware that there is any fuel scarcity. There is no reason for such because from our end here, we are producing,”
The scarcity stems from a non-verified rumour
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