While we still wallow in the nation wide fuel scarcity, news have begun circulating that some filling stations have decided to make the first few days of the new year even more difficult by hoarding fuel or selling at a ridiculously expensive price.
The monitoring team of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) yesterday blacklisted a filling station in Igbogbo community of Ikorodu, Lagos State and dispensed the product for free to motorists.
Talk about New Year blessings!
The incident occurred when the management and attendants of a Mobil filling station situated along Igbogbo-Baiyeku road fled at the sight of the PPPRA monitoring team, while they were touring filling stations in Lagos in response to the complaints that some outlets were creating artificial scarcity by hoarding and arbitrarily inflating the pump price.
It was reported that the attendants fled their posts when they got information that the officials were headed for their station. Aggrieved motorists stated that the station was allegedly selling at N180 per litre during the day and N250 per litre at night, it was further stated that the station also collects N100 on every gallon of fuel bought.
When officials of the PPPRA put a call through to the manager of the station to meet with them, he informed them that he was away and could not come down but requested that the station security official put a call through to the supervisor or any other attendant to meet the team.
After efforts to get the station management to come forward proved abortive, the PPPRA team decided to make the product available to the people for free.
And that was how 2018 began on a super lit note for the people of Ikorodu.
So for those filling stations still hoarding fuel, “Kontinu”!!!