Marketers blame depots as fuel queues resurface in Lagos

Long queues have again, surfaced in Lagos as motorists spend hours at filling stations while waiting to buy the product.

The situation was reportedly worse in Ikosi-Ketu, Arepo area of New Lagos, Obalende, Maryland, and Iju-Chaga in Lagos State.

Commuters lamented the hike in prices of transportation fares in the state on Monday and Tuesday, as petrol was sold between N195 and N200 per liter.

Queues were also reported along the Alausa Secretariat road, as the NNPC (former Oando) was closed to motorists. The same situation was also noticed at Total filling stations in Ojota and Palm Grove.

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria blamed it on the depots and the increasing difficulty in accessing petroleum products.

National Controller, Operations, IPMAN, Mike Osatuyi, told reporters in an interview that members of the association could not get sufficient products at the depots.

“No fuel. Even when we were able to get a small quantity, DAPPMAN sold it to us at N200/N202 per liter. By the time we transport it to our stations, the cost would be around N210/liter,” he said.

He added that getting petrol to members’ filling stations from the depots now costs as much as N200 per liter in some instances.



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