Fuel scarcity: Osun car owners opt for public transportation

From John Dike,  Osogbo

As scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol bites harder, private vehicle owners in Osogbo, the Osun state capital have opted for public transportation to ease their burden.

The car owners who abandoned their vehicles and joined the league of commuters due to the lingering scarcity and hike in the price of petrol, have described the situation as unbearable.

Many travellers from Osogbo to other parts of the country were stranded in various motor parks on Saturday, as many sat on the floor waiting helplessly for commercial drivers that were no where to be found.

The Nigerian Monitor correspondent gathered that a liter of fuel was sold between N310 and N350 in few filling stations that dispensed the product in Osogbo.

It was observed that many filling stations had no petrol to sell, while few ones that had witnessed long queues.

Findings revealed that some of the helpless travellers who waited for several hours had to return back to their homes, while others who believed they could still make it to their respective destinations waited at the parks.

One of the travellers, Mrs Shade Akinlade, who said she got to the park around 8am to board a vehicle going to Lagos, hinted that she became frustrated after waiting for several hours.

She explained that despite the high cost of transportation which most of the passengers were ready to pay, the commercial drivers had to jettison their trips due to inability to get fuel even at exorbitant rate.

said the situation has worsen in the last few days .

 

Blaming the federal government for the lingering scarcity of fuel which she said has worsened in the last few days, Akinlade disclosed that if the situation continues, it will definitely affect many things, especially the forthcoming general elections, whereby those who suppose to travel to cast their votes will have no choice but to jettison it. .

Also, Mr David Ochonu, a commercial driver plying Osogbo to Ibadan, told our correspondent that he had been on the queue since morning but was unable to buy the product even at exorbitant price.

He lamented that since he could not ply his trade, it will be difficult to put food on the table for his children.

Ochonu, who is a father of four, appealed to relevant authorities to find lasting solutions to the problem of fuel in Nigeria, before it gets out of hand.

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