By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—Residents of Mangu and Pankshin Local Government areas in Plateau Central Senatorial zone have appealed to relevant government agencies to come to their aid as independent marketers have closed their fuel stations in the areas on the ground that they cannot sell petrol at regulated price.
This, the residents said, has brought hardship on them as most of their small scale businesses had been shut, adding that even when available, the product was being sold at exorbitant price.
Vanguard gathered, however, that the persisting fuel scarcity is mild in Jos, the state capital, and neighbouring local government areas.
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, which monitored the situation in the two zones, expressed displeasure at the level of hoarding, asking marketers to adhere to ethical practices in the sale of the product.
Jeremiah Mashiat, the DPR Jos Field Office Operations Manager, who led his colleagues on the monitoring, where they sealed two stations, explained to the residents that product distribution was determined by marketers.
Meanwhile, an official of Plateau Youth Council in Pankshin council, Titus Gotip, commended DPR’s efforts, saying “it is very bad here; immediately DPR leaves, the filling stations close, but later sell to black market dealers.”