Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder In DeltaBY CHARLES

THE scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PSM), popularly
known as petrol witnessed in Abuja, Lagos and some other major cities in the country has taken its toll on Delta State, with Asaba and Warri having the greatest impact.
As at yesterday, most petrol stations in the state capital,
Asaba, hadn’t the product, and a few that had it sold for between N120 and N130 per litre while those who sold at black market sold a 10 litre jerry can of the product
at between N2, 000 and N2, 200. “We are smiling to the bank now as the scarcity has boosted our sales”, one of them confided in The Pointer.
Our correspondent who visited some of the filling stations
discovered that in the day, only a few filling stations sold the product while many of them sold late into the night. As at 11p.m. yesterday two filling stations along the popular Nnebisi Road were opened for sale while two others along Anwai Road dispensed the product even as late as 11.30p.m.
On investigation, one of the sales girls, who craved anonymity,
said the sale of the product was better at night as there was always less queue compared to what we experience
during the day.
In Warri, most filling stations claimed to be out of stock while consumers have engaged in panic buying of the product as a result of the scarcity. Also noticed was the long queue resurfacing in the few filling stations dispensing
the product.
Our correspondent gathered that the scarcity of the product was attributed to the non-availability of the product at the NNPC depot.
Some consumers who spoke to The Pointer but craved anonymity said, “Only God will save this country. Fuel is so expensive now and it has made life more difficult for us. We spend so much to buy the product, and every other thing is expensive in this country”.
A motorist, who simply identified himself as Smart said, “As for me, I am a civil servant, I have not been paid my April salary and I don’t have the money to fuel my car right now. The situation has been made worse because of the high price of the product”.