Long queues have reappeared in filling stations in Port Harcourt due to sudden petrol scarcity that has been linked to internal squabbles and leadership tussle within the petroleum Tankers Union.
Between Monday 27th January to Friday 31st the busy loading bay at the UTC Junctions yet to be seen or recorded the presence of trucks loading out of the two huge products storage tanks around that area in Port Harcourt, motorists spent several hours on the queues before buying petrol. The situation was worsened by the heavy rain which made their long wait in the queues more unpleasant.
At each Bus stop, we noticed huge crowd of people with limited number of taxis and buses plying the route on the road. The scarcity has led to less traffic on the road, making school children and other passengers to face serious difficulties going about their businesses.
The cost of transportation within the city had also doubled due to the situation while some attributes the hike in transport fares to the numerous construction work going on in the state causing cab, taxi and bus drivers spend long hours in traffic and making little or nothing as take home.
A N150 taxi fare for some destinations went up to N300 for instance from park to Rumuola was N100 now it goes for 200 naira while the coaster bus Known as we go reach? charges for a distance which used to be N50 is now N100 per drop.
There are reports that the current scarcity is caused by non-importation of products due to the government’s failure to remit funds a tanker driver told our correspondent that the scarcity is caused by the inabilities of the leader to settle the leadership issues bedeviling port Harcourt refinery section of the Union.