By Bamidele Moses
As fuel scarcity bite harder across the country, many motorists yesterday faced strenuous moment when they took to trekking occasioned by the scarcity of petrol.
Independent revealed almost all filling stations in Osogbo, the state capital and other major towns such as Ilesa, Iwo, Ejigbo, Okorun, Igbajo, Gbongan, Iire, Ede, Ile-Ife and others places were without petrol, a development that hardened the hardship residents of the state and Nigerians in general are facing.
Only few vehicles were seen plying the major routes of Osogbo and other towns with most commercial buses having fuel increased their transport fare by more than 100%.
A route which normally cost N30 before now is being charge between N60 and N80 while Osogbo to Ibadan which normally cost a sum of N500 is now between N1,000 and N1,200.
Most commuters were seen beside the road waiting to board vehicles and always struggled to get bus. The NNPC mega station located along Lameco area is the only filling station with fuel with long queue.
A litre of petrol is being sell at official rate of N86 while at black market a litre is being sold for as much as N200 per litre.
Though, the Minister of State for Petroluem, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu had apologized to Nigerians over the scarcity of the products and accompanied hardship saying that the scarcity would be over on or before April 7, 2016.
The scarcity has also forced prices of some consumable items up by between 10% and 20%. For instance, a sacthet of pure water is now been sold for N10 instead of N5 its original cost.
Speaking with Independent, Mrs. Yetunde Oladejo appealed to the federal government to quickly intervene and resolve the crisis in good time saying that the hardship is bitting hard on Nigerians.
She explained that the scarcity has effect on all other sectors of the economy saying that before now, it was dollars that is scarce but not fuel has forces other sectors difficult to reach.