Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Fuel Crisis

Life is certainly never dull in Nigeria; I'll say that one thing. Also, sometimes when I write about some things that are happening, it feels like a deja vu. We are in the middle of a fuel shortage (yes, again oh!!!). While some papers report that it's due to a last-second increase in petrol from N65 per litre to N75, it seems that there is petrol but petrol stations are choosing not to sell (well, isn't this typical of many past incidences of fuel scarcity anyway?) Tanker drivers are on strike in reaction to a task force set-up by Obasanjo's administration to clear roadsides of vehicles parked without proper authorisation.

I hope that this is all resolved soon. I was down to an almost empty tank this morning as I drove to work. Fortunately, I was able to get some petrol this afternoon and you know that I will be economising like a mad woman. My trips will be strictly from home to work and back again, until this scarcity is over.

Read more:
The Guardian
Business Day

3 comments:

The Last King Of Scotland said...

o ga o. hope its sorted soon. pele.

disgodkidd said...

i saw a crowd at the busstop yesterday. and i heard my colleagues complaining of increased transport fare. it is at times like these that i throw up another thank you that i live just across the road from my office. the miracle of it.

Ore said...

disgodkidd, yes, you are truly truly fortunate. How I would love that.

Thanks, last king. The tanker drivers have called off their strike and some petrol stations are starting to sell petrol.