The independent oil marketers, on Tuesday, disclosed that the scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol, in Abuja and northern states, could continue until after Saturday’s gubernatorial elections in various states.
The scarcity of petrol again became acute on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasarawa and Niger states, when large number of motorists queued at a few filling stations that dispensed the commodity in the areas.
The cost of petrol, according to investigations, rose to as high as N400/litre at some filling stations operated by independent marketers, while black marketers sold the product for between N450/litre and N500/litre.
From findings, many motorists had resorted to accessing the product from black marketers, but most of the dealers lacked the ability to carry out mobile transactions, leaving many motorists disappointed and frustrated.
Members of the lndependent Marketers Association of Nigeria confirmed that about 90 per cent of their filling stations were shut because of lack of the product.
The national vice president, Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, Abubakar Maigandi, reportedly said the scarcity of petrol in the northern part of country and some other states would drag until next week.