This is how Nigerians feel about the current fuel scarcity, in tweets
Queues. Traffic. Jerry Cans. That’s just a glimpse of the picture Nigeria’s seemingly perennial fuel scarcity saga paints. Earlier this year, the Nigerian economy almost came to a crippling halt as a result of an extreme fuel crisis, a crisis that has been tagged the worst in years. Petrol stations were littered with long queues, banks, radio stations and local television houses could only keep their offices open for half a business day, and telecommunications companies announced that the crisis might affect the quality of service.
Six months down the line, Nigeria is back on its knees as the queues have reappeared across the country. Again, the crisis is connected to the controversial subsidy payments that have been on the forefront since the January 2012 Occupy Nigeria mass protests.
Predictably, the persistence of fuel scarcity across the country is sparking a debate and outrage on social media.
Fuel scarcity continues to linger, job losses arising from unwholesome economic decisions of the past, increasingly poorer states…
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) November 30, 2015
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) November 26, 2015
— Ali George (@aligthebaptist) November 24, 2015
— GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) November 24, 2015
However, the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, November 26, ordered President Muhammadu Buhari, who doubles as the Minister of Petroleum to end the drawn out petrol scarcity in two weeks.
— NTA News (@NTANewsNow) November 27, 2015
What is yet to be seen or read is a response from President Buhari who is also the Minister of Petroleum. What awaits Nigeria in the coming weeks is whether fuel scarcity will find its way into 2016.
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