Biodun was to host members of his autonomous community on Saturday as he was his turn to preside over the monthly meeting.

As the time for the meeting drew near, he quickly dashed off to the nearest filling station go get fuel for the generator as there was no electricity.

He was so sure to get fuel because the scarcity of the product that ravaged the state during the festive period seemed to have disappeared.

But surprisingly, he met a long queue.

At first, he did not understand what was happening but after inquiring from fellow motorists with frustration written all over their faces, his fear was confirmed, fuel scarcity is back!

Many of the stations in the state were shut on Sunday, while some of the ones that dispensed the product sold above the official pump price of N145 per litre.

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Some filling stations in Ikotun, Ejigbo, Akowonjo, Ikeja, Idimu, Egbeda and Igando areas of Lagos were selling at between N160 and N180 per litre, while others only sold to motorcycle riders and other petrol seekers with jerry cans, who were charged at least N200 extra by attendants.

Black market operators are having a field day as they sold the product for as much as N250 per litre on Sunday.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Ndu Ughamadu, said on Sunday that Lagos and its environs are being supplied with products mainly by MOMAN members, “because we have absolute confidence in their activities.”

“At the weekend, there was a technical hitch in ships berthing and discharging. But this has been rectified. So, today (Sunday) alone, 250 trucks have been pumped into Lagos compared with when we had the hitch and we supplied below 200 trucks. So, normalcy will return in a matter of hours in Lagos,” he said.

On the proposed direct supply to independent marketers, Ughamadu stated, “We are having an issue with independent marketers; they have three factions and each faction with a president; and if you were to be in the position of the NNPC, how do you solve this issue? You allocate to one faction, the other factions protest. We have told them to go and resolve their issue so that we can start allocating products to them directly.”


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