The price of petrol has risen to N340 per litre in Dutse, the Jigawa capital. The situation has subjected the residents, especially motorists, to chaos and hardships.
There were long queues of vehicles at filling stations on Sunday as they sold petrol at N340 per litre.
The Dutse NNPC mega station has been shut down since January 8 following a fire incident.
Also, most of the filling stations within the city were not opened.
At Awajil Global Resources, IMG Petroleum, Maruta Petroleum and Investment, on Ibrahim Aliyu bypass, motorists and commercial motorcyclists were in long queues waiting to refuel their tanks.
Audu Manager filling station and AA Kankani Nig. Ltd, on Olusegun Obasanjo Road had long queues of vehicles, selling petrol at N340 per litre. Filling stations like A.S.A Oil Nig. Ltd., B.A Bello Nig. Ltd and Matrix, on Ibrahim Aliyu bypass, were not selling petrol at the time of filing this report.
Motorists expressed dissatisfaction over the fuel scarcity.
A motorist, Aminu Muhammad, described the situation as frustrating, urging President Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders to bring lasting solutions to the scarcity.
A Dutse resident Muhammad Askira, said the Buhari regime should direct security agencies to monitor filling stations to ensure they sell fuel at the approved pump price.
Ahmad Rufa’i, a farmer, said the situation was making him produce at a loss.
“I plant wheat maize and every week I need at least 20 litres to water my farms. And I need to water these two farms at least 20 times. So how much money do you expect me to spend on fuel alone, not talk of transport and other logistics,” stated Mr Rufa’i. “So most of us are doing this farming without any certainty of whether we gain or we lose.”