…a motorist who bought the commodity at N200 per litre said he had to pay N1, 000 to gain entrance into the filling station
Following a protracted scarcity and hike in the price of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol, motorists have directed their frustration and anger at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The official price of fuel is N185 but it is being sold at higher prices by filling stations across the country.
This is in addition to the long queues of vehicles that often add to the woes of Nigerians due to the traffic they cause when they spill into main roads.
A respondent, simply identified as Pascal who bought the commodity at N200 per litre said that he had to pay N1, 000 to gain entrance into the filling station and still had to join a long queue.
“I was at a filling station this morning and they had to take N1, 000 from me for my 25-litre keg.” Another respondent stressed.
A motorist who identified herself as Praise lamented the long hours she spent in the queue at a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) filling station in Port Harcourt before she could buy the commodity.
She said, “I spent 11hrs (5am to join an already long queue. I left at 4pm) at the NNPC filling station in PH. I bought for N189. That morning, it was N179. They paused selling and adjusted the metre to the new price of N189. Paused selling again to maintain their generator since there was no NEPA electricity.”
Rex Agu who expressed anger at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which is seeking to remain in power in 2023, said, “N360 per litre. APC has failed the unborn kids. They have removed subsidy without letting Nigerians know.”
On his part, King Oliver sarcastically said, “APC supporters are buying it for N50/L while others are buying it for N350 to as much as N500 per litre.”
Pascal Nwankwo also blamed the situation on the APC even as he expressed concern that some misguided fellows are still campaigning for the APC candidates in the 2023 general elections.
Another respondent who could not control her anger actually laid curses on all the persons who are still working to ensure that the APC retained the Presidency after the end of the regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari.
She said, “I pray for people working for APC that may everything about APC never depart from their household… the suffering, the hardship, the kidnapping and insecurity.”
Officials of NNPC could however not be reached for their comments on the reasons for persistent fuel crisis in the country.