Following President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s recent announcement about the removal of fuel subsidies, queues at gas stations have once again sprung up in the Ondo state capital, Akure.
Most of the fuel stations were found locked up, while the few that were open were packed with motorists looking for fuel.
This sudden increase in demand resulted in a severe traffic jam, compounding the challenges facing motorists. Service stations selling fuel witnessed prices ranging from N200 to N250 per litre.
In particular, the major traders owned most of the fuel stations that continued to serve the public, while many independent stations remained closed and unable to provide fuel.
Motorists expressed their concerns, considering the timing of the removal of the subsidy premature and calling for a review of the decision. They fear that removing the subsidies will exacerbate existing economic difficulties across the country.
The resurgence of fuel shortages has only intensified these fears, emphasizing the potential consequences of removing subsidies.
In contrast, the fuel situation in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state, appeared relatively normal on Monday, with filling stations stocking petroleum products continuing to serve buyers. However, investigations by the Nigerian Tribune revealed that a significant number of service stations did not open their doors.
Private vehicle owners and carriers interviewed regarding this development said there was no immediate cause for alarm.
They claimed that popular public and private gas stations continued to sell fuel to buyers at the regulated price. Due to the May 29 holiday, a comprehensive assessment of the situation could not be made, with people suggesting that next week would provide a clearer picture.
Furthermore, the fuel situation in Abia State, particularly in the Aba and Umuahia areas, remained relatively stable. Fuel was available at prices ranging from N194 to N230 per litre. Observations revealed that there were no queues or disturbances at the fuel stations in Umuahia and Aba.
As the effects of removing the subsidies continue to unfold, concerns persist about their impact on the economy and the general public. Akure and Ilorin experience different levels of fuel shortages, while Abia enjoys a relatively stable supply.
Nigerians eagerly await further updates on this matter, hoping for a resolution to the challenges posed by the removal of the subsidies as they navigate the implications for their daily lives.
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