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    Posted May 13, 2015 by
    Lagos, Nigeria

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    Nigerians Bear The Ugly Cost Of Fuel Scarcity As May 29 Draws Near

    The persistent scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol is really taking its toll on ordinary Nigerians, especially after having being warned that this situation may linger till June, after the swearing in of the incoming administration on May 29,2015.

    This is because marketers shy away from further importation due to uncertainties surrounding the payment of their outstanding N200 billion.
    It can be recalled that the Federal Government recently paid marketers about N154 billion as part of subsidy claims.

    As a result, there is an alarming hike in transport fare, without a corresponding increase in the income of ordinary Nigerians...
    Most commercial vehicles are either parked away, or in long queues at various gas stations across the nation.
    A trip of about =N= 100, is now doubled to about =N=200 or more.....
    A 25 liters gallon of petrol that hitherto costs =N=3000 was sold for about =N=10,000 at the black market on May 2nd, 2015, that was three times the normal price.
    Our correspondent was engaged in a conversation about this situation with a 'kabu-kabu' (carb) driver, and the man recounted how his son alongside other school children, trekked the very long distant (over a mile) from their school at Sangotedo to their home in Lakwe, along the Lekki - Epe express way.
    The driver said he gave his son the sum of =N=200, being his to - and from school transport fare, =N=100 for each trip, unaware that the fare has been increased to =N=150. Unfortunately, the boy, who could not reach his father to pick him up, because he does not have a phone, was left with no option than to trek home, stopping along the way, at Fara Park area, to pluck some mangoes, which they eat, as they were very hungry and tired; he got home sick.
    "The next day, my son told me he was not going to school, obviously afraid, as he did not want to go through the same ordeal again, even after I increased his fare. May God deliver us from this situation". he lamented.

    We hope our various authorities and stake holders are reading this, we also believe they really meant well for Nigerians, not to leave us in this situation...

    People are suffering as a result of this fuel scarcity, the old, young, even school children...they don't deserve this.
    A transition period should not leave the people it is supposed to bring 'goodwill to' in perpetual peril.

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