Fuel scarcity resurfaces in Kano

Fuel scarcity has resurfaced in Kano metropolitan area and some local government areas of the state, Daily Telescope can report.

Further observation by Daily Telescope indicated that most of the filling stations in the state have seized operation since Monday morning, April 12 in anticipation of fresh fuel price increase by the federal government.

Investigation by our reporter, revealed that most of the filling stations had remained shut while the few that were selling the commodity were besieged by a long queue of vehicles.

The investigation showed that the fuel marketers were having a field day in most of the local government areas located outside the state capital.

According to Daily Telescope investigation, some of the filling stations owned by the Independent Petroleum Marketers preferred to sell the commodity to black marketers in order to maximise profit even though the pump price had not been increased.

A resident of Gwarzo local government area, Alhaji Danbala Gwarzo told our reporter that none of the seven filling stations in the town operate since Monday.

According to him, motorists had resorted to buying the commodity from black marketers due to the closure of the filling stations in the town.

“We have no fewer than seven filling stations but as I am talking to you now, none of the filling stations is operating despite the fact that they have the product in stock.

“But the moment you go beyond Gwarzo town, you will see filling stations selling the product at between N162 and N165 per litre,” he said.

He alleged that some filling stations even though they had the products, but were reluctant to sell to commodity to desperate customers.

According to him, the ‘artificial scarcity’ which resurfaced on Monday, April 12, had affected social and economic activities in the area.

He, however, called on the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to check the excesses of those filling stations owners that were bent on causing artificial scarcity in the state in order to maximise profit.

“There is need for the DPR to check the excesses of those Shylock marketers who are bent on causing artificial scarcity to maximize profit.
“More so fuel marketers should symphasise with masses especially in this holy month of Ramadan which commenced today (Tuesday).

Effort to contacted, the Chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) in Kano State, Alhaji Bashir Dan-Malam was not successful as he kept on telling our reporter to call him later.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Barrister Muhuyi Magaji Rimin-Gado has warned petrol marketers in the state desist from diverting or hording of the product.

Barrister Rimin-Gado vowed to descend on any marketer caught in the act of either diverting or hording of the product in anticipation of price increase.

He said “The commission will not fold its arms watching majority suffering at the detriment of the few marketers. This is an act of injustice on the part of the petroleum marketers. Since the price is not increased, they sell at the government approved price.

It would be recalled the commission had last month, raided various filling stations across the metropolis in its efforts to stop hording and diversion of the product.

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