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Gath'ring Winter Fuel! Christmas Shortage Hits Commuters in Nigeria


As a last Christmas gift to Nigeria's hardest working, it was lucky motorists and commuters who enjoyed a little present: a three-week fuel shortage.

Long lines of motorists, cars and buses were seen forming at petrol stations in several of Nigeria's major cities. Prices have rocketed sensationally at the few stations where fuel was available, despite the pleas of State House who were insisting there were no shortages.

Just like with the currency issues, the price hikes and shortages have resulted in many desperate motorists buying petrol from the black market.

Oddly, taking a closer look at the situation, it seemed that the real reason behind the fuel shortage was the stations themselves. Plenty HAD fuel, they just didn't want to give it out! Talk about the blind leading the blind! So a second Christmas gift will be on its way from the government: some penalties being placed on a number of filling stations, including some government-controlled big ones, for hoarding fuel.

It is the first end-of-year fuel crisis since the former ruling People's Democratic Party was ousted in May 2015 by the All Progressives Congress.

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation has been instructed by the government to end the crisis. So don't cross your fingers!



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