Panic as Queues Resurface at Lagos Fuel Stations, Commuters Stranded
By Dipo Olowookere
Queues are gradually returning to some fuel stations in Lagos State amid speculations that oil marketers are planning to increase the price of premium motor spirit (PMS) to N185 per litre from the current N165 per litre.
A few areas of the metropolis monitored by Business Post had cars queuing up for the product at the various petrol stations visited, especially in the Alimosho area of Lagos State, the largest local government area of the state.
Along the Egbeda/Idimu Road, the few places where the product is being sold had vehicles scampering for it, while in the Akonwonjo axis, commuters were seen stranded at the bus stops waiting for commercial drivers to pick them up, with no hope in sight.
It was not a different story at the Iyana-Ipaja end of the local council as some passengers were seen jostling to board the few buses plying the various routes.
One of the motorists, who spoke with this reporter at one of the filling stations selling petrol said, “I did not want to take the risk. When I heard that the price of fuel will be increased to N185/litre, I had to rush down here to fill my tank and some jerry cans for my power generating set.”
Another said, “I was surprised to see queues this (Monday) morning at various filling stations while taking my children to school. I still bought fuel over the weekend, precisely on Saturday without queues, I had to quickly come here to refill my tank. Where I bought petrol last Saturday is presently not selling. I just hope this scarcity will not last long like others in the past.”