The Fuel Crisis: Queue and Usage in Lagos

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By Olutayo Irantiola

There has been a lingering fuel crisis in Nigeria in the last two weeks and this has caused a lot of pain for her citizenry. The pain is now getting unbearable as the staff of Ikeja Electric has been on strike for the last 72 hours which has increased the plight of Lagosians.

The situation was aggravated when the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the Natural Gas Workers stopped the fuel supply and shut the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation headquarters in Abuja.

Nigerians have been in long queues at the gas station wasting profitable man-hours and also causing gridlocked traffic for commuters. Many commuters are stranded because they cannot move easily from one destination to another.

Many commercial drivers stand jobless and have resorted to making their purchases from the black market (illegal marketers). Transportation fare has also increased because of the amount that fuel is being purchased for.

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Lagosians wait in deadlocked traffic. Photo/Author provided, Olutayo Irantiola

The unfortunate part of this crisis is that the fuel that people buy at exorbitant rates is being used up rapidly while tied-up in traffic jams over the span of hours.

Earlier in the year, the Federal Government announced that the fuel subsidy had been removed from the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called petrol but the effect of this removal has not been felt by the citizens.

One Lagosian we spoke to said “people who live in Lagos have lost so much time, trying to get somewhere, home or anywhere.”