From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
As the fuel scarcity in the country intensifies, many artisans and hawkers are abandoning their trade over night in order to reap from the fuel scarcity by turning to emergency black marketers.
Investigation by The Peoples Daily shows that artisans such as mechanics, volganizers, plumbers among others are now into the business of selling fuel.
Mal. Aminu Musa who hitherto sell roasted meat(suya) at the main gate at Nigeria Union of Journalist along Waff Road, has abandoned his trade and his now selling fuel close to Total Filling station near NEPA roundabout.
According to him, he was lured into the business by a friend who discloses to him the gains he have been making since the fuel scarcity saga began.
“My brother these few days I have not burnt my hand with fire trying to roast suya, rather I have been going about with my jerican to get petrol from some filling station and I also resell it to people. The good news is that we have readymade customers who are willing to patronize us and pay good money without bargaining”.
In the same vein Ibrahim Danladi who hawks shoes along Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna is also now selling fuel close to Leventice roundabout. He boasted that he always get his fuel from the MOBIL filling station adjacent to the roundabout and he says “ he sells a gallon of petrol at the rate of N 1,600- N2,000.
James, a vendor opposite GTBank Barnawa is another example, who wants to make quick gain from the fuel scarcity. According to him immediately he finishes selling Newspapers from 6am to 12pm, he starts dispensing fuel. This leads him to stay late at night still dispensing fuel.
He disclosed that some of his customers are uniform men and motorist who can’t afford to keep their vehicle on the long queue.
James says he hopes that this scarcity will continue so that he can save for his children fees.
However, Alhaji Haruna Abdulrasheeed expressed dismay that this over-night fuel dealers who are not helping to solve the lingering problem of fuel scarcity.
In the same vein, Alhaji Abdulgafar Alabelewe, the Vice Chairman Kaduna Correspondents Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists said the black marketers should not be blamed but those independent marketers who are selling to them.
According to him, the independent marketers prefer to sell fuel to black marketers in jericans because for every thirty litters the black marketers buy, they pay N 500 extra.