BY MARY OLUWATOSIN AFOLABI, FEBRUARY 23, 2022 | 08:35 PM
People in Maiduguri, capital City of Borno State are going through hardship as a result of the increase in fuel pump price occasioned by the nationwide fuel Scarcity.
Commercial tricycle riders popularly known as Keke Napep have increased transport fare from N50 per drop to N100. The increment is not making life easy in this densely populated city, especially for people whose business or work requires regular movement.
The city has also been on total blackout due to activity of Boko Haram insurgents who destroyed the electricity installation along Maiduguri – Damaturu Road. The increase in the fuel pump price is also making it hard for people to operate generator in order to have light – being one of the most important basic amenities.
As the hike in the transportation fare continued to generate multiple reaction. Some reactions have blamed the kake napep riders for the latest increment, however, forgetting that the riders are not only to be blamed.
Managers and operators of fuel stations have also contributed immensely towards worsening of the situation. It’s obvious to everyone that they use to sale the fuel at lower price for selected individuals, which is not fair at all.
Recently, the body responsible for the distribution and marketing of the fuel in Nigeria, NNPC has disclosed the reason behind the sudden fuel scarcity. But individuals are bent on making it a norm in Nigeria that every year the country must experience fuel scarcity.
It became necessary I advise government to look in this situation and find a better solution to this yearly unfortunate fuel scarcity the country is experiencing.
Mary Oluwatosin Afolabi writes from Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri.
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