Motorists in Benin, the Edo capital, have started to heave a sigh of relief as long queues that characterised filling stations in recent weeks in the metropolis have started disappearing.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who went round to monitor situation in the city, reports that although the price remained high, motorist now drove into the stations with ease to buy fuel.
With the exception of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega station, which still had long queues, others were devoid of queues.
A motorist, Oladele Toba, who spoke with NAN, expressed joy over this development and said, “The visible queue you see in the mega station is because they dispense at N143 per liter, even below the government regulated price of N145.”
John Omoruyi, while also commending the efforts made so far by the relevant government agencies to see to the end of scarcity of the product, appealed that efforts must be made to see that others selling above the regulated price reverted to the right price.
Meanwhile, activities at the black marketers in the metropolis have begun to wane as supply and availability of the product have improved.
The Edo State Government had on Sunday announced that 18 trucks carrying 720,993 litres of petroleum products had arrived the state to ease the lingering fuel scarcity.
The state Commissioner for Solid Minerals, Oil & Gas, Mr Joseph Ugheoke, who made the disclosure, warned filling stations against hoarding the product.
The commissioner said the products were being discharged at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)’s mega stations as well as stations of major distributors across the state.
He said that the product would be sold at the official rate of N145 per litre.
Ugheoke said that a team from the state government and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) would go round to enforce this and sanction erring filling stations.(NAN)