Two days after petrol queues was scheduled to disappear from Lagos metropolis and the commodity widely available, the stories of scarcity and agony have not changed.
In the metropolis of the megacity with over 20 million people, in the nooks and crannies of Nigeria’s commercial hub, torments and frustrations rule.
The promises made by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu have been unfulfilled – and Nigerians whose businesses have suffered and collapsed, who are wasting valuable time in pursuit of petrol are angry. And they have labelled Kachikwu a liar who can’t solve a problem he’s in charge of.
Many are calling for his resignation since he’s unable to resolve this present petrol crisis.
In Ikeja area of Lagos, out of every ten petrol stations, there are long queues in two (and only one was dispensing).
Some have narrated how they spend more than eight hours on petrol queues.
An ‘uber’ driver told encomium.ng yesterday (Thursday, April 7, 2016) how he arrived a petrol station at 5 am and got the commodity at 3 pm (ten hours!).
Stories of sleeping at stations over night are common, with many vehicles lining for kilometers.
Those who can buy from the black market at between N170 to N250 per litre (with official price at N86.50) are grumbling.
Nigeria, the 6th and sometimes 7th largest producer of crude oil in the world, with four dilapidated refineries, has become the butt of jokes that no one laughs at.
With businesses in jeopardy, a large population of unemployed and millions of children out of school, the country is producing more people living below the poverty line faster than you can imagine.