THE usual rush hour was everything short of a rush hour in the early hours today, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, as commuters coming from the Igando axis towards Egbeda had to spend a long time in traffic due to the scarcity of petroleum products.
Recall that yesterday, Tuesday, November 22, 2022, we brought you reports on how the hike in the price of petroleum products in Lagos has taken its toll on commuters and commercial drivers in Alimosho, leading to an increase in fares.
This time, fuel issues took a new dimension, as more filling stations were shut, leading to crowds in the few available ones that were selling. Alimoshotoday's correspondent, who monitored happenings along the LASU-Egbeda road, reports that less than four fuel stations were dispensing products to customers.
However, this morning, it was frustrating for commuters, as the traffic started building up from the Idowu-Egba bus stop. When our correspondent asked to know the reason for such gridlock, a bus driver said the queue started from the Car wash junction after the Isheri roundabout.
As the bus struggled to finally approach the Car wash junction, our correspondent could confirm that the gridlock was a result of cars which formed a very long line, in addition to commercial motorcycles (okada) and black market sellers who all wanted to buy fuel, almost at the same time, at the NNPC station.
It was further made clear, following inquiries made, that the NNPC sold for #200 per litre, in addition to it being the only station dispensing products along that stretch of road.