Delay in discharge of petrol cargoes worsens fuel scarcity

The current fuel scarcity in the country may be exacerbated as many filling stations and depots in Lagos did not have Premium Motor Spirit on Tuesday, while queues of desperate motorists grew longer at few stations selling the product, The Punch reports.

It was gathered that vessels conveying petrol, which came into the country between Monday and Tuesday, would not be able to discharge until Thursday due to logistics issues. According to a source, two new vessels, Mt. Maersk Kalea and Mt, Alizea, carried 21 million metric tonnes of petrol and had berthed at the Apapa jetty.

In Lagos, at most filling stations belonging to independent marketers, a litre of the product was sold for between N120 and N250 instead of the N86.50 official pump price, while black market hawkers sold it for as high as N400 per litre. Many commuters were seen struggling to get commercial vehicles to different destinations, even as many transport operators increased their fares by 100 per cent or more.

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