Commuters in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, were on Monday stranded as scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called petrol resurfaced across the city.
Most filling stations between Kubwa and Zuba were not dispensing the product to customers on Monday evening, leading to long queues and stranded motorists.
This is as the few stations selling were dispensing above the normal pump price with metres adjusted to N165 as against N160 or N163 being the case earlier.
The ugly situation has popped its head bare a month after fuel scarcity crumbled economic activities in the FCT due to an alleged plan by the Federal Government to increase the pump price of the product.
Consequently, it was a great day for the black marketers as price of the product skyrocketed, ranging from N300 to N350/N400 per litre.
Meanwhile, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kolo Kyari had said there will be no increase in the ex-depot price of petrol.
He disclosed this on Monday via the company’s social media post during a meeting with the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO)/Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD).
“Also, the GMD announced that there would be no increase in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in May 2021,” the post stated.
It’s fingers crossed for majority of Nigerians, who have all too often had their hopes dashed after reassurances from government.