Motorists and different customers of PMS in any other case generally known as petro in Lagos are usually not discovering it simple as shortage of the product has once more resurfaced in lots of components of the State, inflicting gridlocks on main roads.
Investigation by Blueprint revealed that the current shortage will not be unconnected with complaints by Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Pure Fuel Employees to the Lagos State Authorities that their members have been being harassed by space boys within the state.
It could be recalled that on October 28, 2022, NUPENG, wrote to the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to complain about neighborhood youths below the identify: Indigenous Unity Discussion board, who’ve been harassing, intimidating and extorting cash from petroleum tanker drivers and others plying the street.
A part of the letter learn: “We’re deeply constrained to deliver to your pressing consideration, the unwholesome actions of some felony parts parading themselves alongside Lekki Free Commerce Zone Highway, Eleko Ibeju, Lekki, as neighborhood youths below the identify of Indigenous Unity Discussion board, harassing, intimidating, and extorting cash from each petroleum truck drivers, who’re NUPENG/PTD members plying the street.
“We’ve got no different obligation than to demand that your Excellency, as a matter of urgency, put a remaining cease to the unwholesome actions of those criminals and comparable parts throughout the state, in any other case we might don’t have any different possibility than to direct our members, for the sake of the protection of their lives and property, to remain off all the Lagos State till sanity, regulation and order are restored.”
In accordance with a resident within the Ikeja space of the state, he observed the buildup over the weekend.
“I observed the lengthy queues on Sunday however I didn’t put my thoughts to it till Monday morning once I set out for work.
“I paid greater than the standard fare as most transporters have taken benefit of the shortage to hike their transport fare coupled with the truth that lots of people have been stranded on the bus-stops,” he added.
“If this continues, lots of the buses might be caught in gasoline queues and we’ll stand for hours simply to get transportation to work. A few of us must take care of queries from administration for going late to work. All this wahala plus the traditional visitors state of affairs is simply an excessive amount of to take care of.”
One other commuter, Mosun Oluwaseyi stated lots of the residents in her space have been shocked to search out that lengthy queues are again and lots of have no idea methods to deal with the budding disaster.
In accordance with her, the shortage is already making merchants must commute to promote their wares, to extend the costs of their items.
“The costs will preserve rising because the gasoline shortage lingers, that’s one other drawback for the common Lagosian, particularly these of us who’re simply managing with our meagre earnings. Why is gasoline scarce once more? It’s an excessive amount of. The federal government must do one thing.”