Lagosians Groan Over Darkness And Fuel Scarcity

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In spite the suspension of
strike by the National Union of
Petroleum and Natural Gas
(NUPENG) and the Petroleum
and Natural Gas Senior Staff
Association of Nigeria
(PENGASSAN), last week, mad
rush for the Premium Motor
Spirits, PMS, at filling stations
still linger after days of acute
scarcity within the metropolis.
Similarly, there seems to be no
end in sight on the protracted
black out partly occasioned by
the face off between labour
unions and Ikeja Distribution
Companies, DISCO. It is
therefore an excruciating story
of ‘no electricity and no fuel to
power generating sets’ as
alternative power source.
In spite of the suspension of
the strike action embarked
upon by oil workers most
filling stations are yet shut.
It was however, a thug of war,
a near anarchy situation in the
few filling stations that
dispense fuel as desperate
commuters jostle with dare-
devil black-marketers
competing for supremacy of
rights.
Jerry-cans, particularly the 30-
litre keg has emerged the
standard black marketers
gauge either for selling or
even for buying at fuel
stations, since it attracts
standard settlement ‘fee’
before willing petrol
attendants who would rather
sell into kegs, than into cars.
Commuters are not spared as
commercial bus drivers hike
the fare to over 100 percent in
some cases.
Those who can not afford the
exorbitant fee have taken to
trekking.
Some concerned residents
expressed concern that the fuel
crisis situation may adversely
affect their weekend activities.
“Is this the CHANGE,
Muhammadu Buhari promised
us. If it’s so, we are absolutely,
disappointed in his
administration of no
direction”, a worried motorist,
Mr. Akin stated.
Darkness
The power outage which was
due to alleged sack of 400
workers, have thrown most
parts of the metropolis into
darkness. The situation is
worsened by the non
availability of PMSs in most
filling stations.
Residents have been thrown
into endless search for
portable as there is no
electricity supply to pump
machine of borehole.
Worried by the development,
electricity consumers under the
network of the Ikeja Electricity
Distribution Company IKEDC,
had called on the government
to intervene in the face-off to
save their businesses from
incurring further losses due to
lack of power supply.
Irate residents of Alausa,
Egbeda, Agege, Ikorodu, Oke-
Odo, Iyano-Ipaja. Ojota,
Oregun and Ikeja axis stormed
the secretariat of IKEDC
recently, lamenting that the
power situation had worsened
without any hope in sight.
As at press time, the entire
metropolis was in utter
darkness, thereby, creating
rooms for criminals and men
of the underworld to have
field day on innocent citizens.

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