The latest fuel scarcity, which surfaced in Lagos some days ago, took a turn for the worse yesterday, forcing commercial vehicle operators, who got the commodity to operate, to hike their fares by almost 100 per cent on some routes.
Commenting on the ugly development, Ogar Thomas, a civil servant, said government should intervene and settle the scores between it and the marketers. “It is the commuters that are facing the problem. At the black market, a 10-litre fuel was sold for N2,700 – N3,000 instead of N870.
Whatever is the problem, government should please help to resolve it now,” he pleaded. A commuter, Soje Tosho, from Mowe, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, in Ogun State, said there were long queues of vehicles at some of the filling stations along the expressway.
The queues, he said, caused traffic hold-up on the highway. According to him, emergency sellers of fuel dotted the expressway, selling the product in jerry cans.