Residents of Lagos and Ogun States have expressed worry over the high price of kerosene and scarcity of the commodity which they said have made the running of homes difficult.
A survey by LEADERSHIP, yesterday showed that the price of a litre of Kerosene was selling between ₦140 and ₦150, depending on the location and fuel station, just as the product sells currently for N170 at the black market.
It was also observed that apart from NNPC mega stations located in Falomo and Oregun and few MRS filling stations other petrol stations monitored by our correspondent, especially those Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), displayed sign post with inscription, ‘No Kerosene for sale”
At Oando petrol stations in Ogba and Ogunnusi Road and Ajuwon Area of Ogun State where the consumers were eager to buy the product , the attendants were given a directive to suspend sale of the product to people that queued to by the product at the station.
Asked by our correspondent why the price had gone up from N85 per litre which has been the prevailing sales price of the product since July this year, one of the attendants said the product was not available to the stations.
He said, ‘‘Stop asking these questions. The time you stand here asking question would have been enough for you to buy your own and go home. Buy now because by tomorrow the price will be higher”.
When our correspondent visited Total and Mobil filling stations located at Kudirat Abiola Way in Ikeja, the stations were not selling the product, just as the kerosene dispensing pump were deserted.