The 23rd March 2016 is a day I will never forget. By 7am, I had driven to a fuel station and was last in a queue of at least 30 kegs. It was the fourth week of fuel scarcity. After two hours, I was 6 kegs from the fuel pump when a boisterous fuel attendant suddenly appeared and began to shout. No sooner has she started this display, she hits the man in front of me and then me!
Me, assaulted by someone who would beg for a hundred Naira ‘for the weekend’ on a normal day! She realized her mistake, began to cry and beg but it is too late. I lodged a complaint with the station manager and got her fired.
All around Lagos were reports of similar to worse treatments that led to fights and riot. There was traffic everywhere as cars, low on fuel, were left outside petrol stations in droves. Some fuel attendants turned to thugs and were compounding a two hundred Naira per litre sale in a take-it-or-leave-it fashion.
Black market fuel sellers were rampant, selling what in some cases was a mixture of fuel and kerosene and having car and generator engines destroyed, Transit vehicles tripled their fares. Sellers increased market prices to meet their demand and inflation hit an all-time high. All of this: a direct implication of lack of fuel.
The cause of that particular scarcity was the inability of independent marketers to source the foreign exchange to get in their cargo but, it paints a vivid picture of what can happen if the downstream regulators of the marine sector ceased to function. Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Navy all have a hand in keeping fuel flowing from the Ports to our homes.
It is their primary function; providing Nigerians with this very basic of necessities. They do this by monitoring, supervising, regulating and enforcing (when necessary) all operations in the downstream sector of the marine industry via inspections and proper licensing.
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