March 26, 2023

Long queues worsen on daily basis, as Lagosians groan

Long queues have continued unabated in Lagos state, as commuters groan under high cost of transportation, amid high cost of living.

From Mainland to Island, the verdict has remained the same—a long queue witnessed at petrol stations in most parts of Lagos state,, after a decision by some fuel marketers to shut their operations.

The queues, which started on Monday continued till today, Wednesday, causing panic buying of fuel and black market sales.

SylvaNews gathered that such queues have resurfaced, as some members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) said they can no longer operate in an un-conducive environment.

IPMAN Chairman, Akin Akinrinade, told newsmen that while the government had fixed N165 ($0.40; £0.30) for a litre of petrol, the current realities showed that the minimum price should be N180 to profitably sell the product.

He however cited the high cost of transporting the product and the diesel used in running the petrol stations as another reason for the withdrawal of services.

This development had added more pain to the suffering of Lagosians and indeed Nigerians.

The long fuel queues have led to more traffic jams that the city is known for.

Already, the cost of transportation has doubled and most business premises are shut down due to their inability to access fuel to power their electricity generators.

Many Nigerians use generators for power as electricity supply is not steady available in the country.

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