Fuel crisis hits Makeni
Makeni, Sierra Leone – It is getting worrisome in the northern city over the alleged shortage of fuel and its inflated cost, which seriously borders around the high cost of transportation movement from within and around the northern city and its immediate surroundings over the last couple of days, it emerged. (Photo: Some vehicles sleep at filling/gas stations awaiting fuel sale which is often unavailable)
According to many of the concerned citizens and residents within and around Makeni city, the shortage of fuel in this part of the country came up shortly after the commissioning of one of the country’s finest and biggest NP filling/gas stations.
The people expressed their dissatisfaction at the newly opened NP station in Makeni, having much expectation for relief of customers and regular fuel users with regards the size and capacity of the new filling/gas station.
One Morlai Tuay who claimed to be a commercial motor bike rider, who feeds three children, his wife and mother; justified the blame on the new NP filling/gas station as new and having the potential of containing at least its first/second supplies of fuel at least two weeks after its opening. In his words; “if a new station runs out of fuel, what will it contain after it has stayed long”.
Currently as it is within/around the northern city; transportation costs multiply as long as the crisis continues. This is not fear for our Community, David Kanu wailed. Imagine; a liter of fuel costs multiple times the actual cost, he continued. The high cost does not matter, but the availability, David argued.
However, it is noted that fuel hikes are at random, inhumanly depriving unsuspecting customers. There are also clear indications that the bulk of black marketers within this part of the country make more profit than normal. Many of want the crisis to go tougher for parochial interests. Allegations are that, some of these nifty fuel dealers connived with black marketers to transact a fuel deal in the odd hours of the night. Could the allegations be true? The doubtful fuel shortage problems will never end, especially under the circumstances where the public strongly believe there has been no shortage of fuel from the capital of Freetown, where the supplies come from.
By Ali Mozart Sesay, Makeni
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