Long queues persist as fuel hits N300/litre in Benue

Motorists groan over fuel scarcity

LONG queues for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) persisted on Sunday as motorists decried difficulty associated with the process of obtaining the petroleum product even at a higher cost.

The PMS (petrol) available in most filling stations sold between N295 and N300 per litre while black market prices went for between N350 and N400 per litre.

Our correspondent who went around the town observed long queues for fuel at the NNPC Filling Station along Otukpo road in Makurdi, A. A. Rano at Wurukum roundabout and at the Rain Oil Filling Station along Modern Market road in Makurdi metropolis.

Some of the motorists told our correspondent that they had waited for more than three hours and were yet to access the pump to purchase fuel for their vehicles.

Awusa Bobby said he joined the long queue at Rain Oil for over three hours and was yet to come close to purchasing the fuel for his car.

In the same vein, Olije Jerome, who queued up at the NNPC Filling Station, said though the station dispensed the product at the normal government rate, it was difficult getting to his turn for the fuel purchase.

Meanwhile, most of the fuel stations across Makurdi, the state capital, are not selling as some claim they do have the petroleum products.

But those selling with fewer queues on their premises are charging customers as much as N300 per litre while others with longer queues apart from the NNPC, A. A. Rano and Shafa filling stations dispensing at N190; sold at between N260 and N280.

-Daily Trust