Fuel: Worsening scarcity cripples cities, businesses

The increasing plague of petrol scarcity worsened across the nation yesterday, crippling cities and hitting businesses hard.

Life has become tougher for artisans, who due to the epileptic power supply, now rely on petrol-powered generators to earn a living.

The cost of transportation also rose across the country as the scarcity entered its fourth week.

Since the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited announced the discovery of “emulsion particles” in the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) cargoes, Nigerians have been spending hours on queues.

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), on February 1, said methanol above Nigeria’s specification was discovered in a limited quantity of petrol in the supply chain.

The government blamed the scarcity on efforts to quarantine un-evacuated volumes of toxic petrol.

Despite NNPC’s promise that about 2.5 billion litres of PMS were being expected by the end of last month, the situation has worsened.



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