Posted: Tuesday 19th August 2014 at 10:05 am

Diesel Shortage Hits K’si

A driver in charge of a diesel vehicle, being turned away at a filling station in Kumasi

A driver in charge of a diesel vehicle, being turned away at a filling station in Kumasi

DIESEL SHORTAGE has hit Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, and its immediate environs.

Commercial and private car drivers have been turned away by fuel station attendants at the various filling stations in the city.

The shortage of the essential commodity in the city started about one week ago, DAILY GUIDE understands.

The unpleasant development is creating nightmarish moments for drivers and people in the city in general.

The shortage is particularly biting people who depend solely on commercial vehicles as their means of transport.

Most people in the city are now compelled to walk long distances to their various destinations because of the diesel shortage.

The shortage has resulted in a scarcity of commercial cars in the city, and this is causing severe problems for the people.

What resulted in the shortage of diesel in the city could not be ascertained by DAILY GUIDE as at the time of filing this report.

Speculations making rounds in the city suggest that filling station owners have been hording the commodity in anticipation of diesel price hikes soon.

Other rumours have it that the diesel shortage was real, debunking the claim that filling station owners were hording the commodity.

Ironically, petrol, which has often been in short supply, is in full supply now.

During the paper’s visit to some of the filling stations in the city on Monday, diesel car owners were being turned away by fuel station attendants.

However, drivers whose cars were powered by petrol were being served with the essential commodity.

Some of the drivers who spoke to the paper could not hide their anger and frustration at the shortage of diesel in the city.

They bemoaned the fact that they had been idle for almost one week because they could not get diesel to fuel their cars.

The drivers slammed the government for always looking on unconcerned when diesel and petrol shortages hit the country.

They charged government to work to ensure that they got diesel to fuel their cars as soon as possible.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi


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