Posted: Sunday 6th July 2014 at 17:36 pm

Drivers Furious Over Fuel Shortage


Drivers at some parts of the Eastern Region are furious over the severe fuel shortage which has hit the country for some days which has affected them.

A visit by this reporter to some fuel stations in some parts of the region indicated that some drivers and motorists were furious and frustrated in their attempt to get themselves a gallon of petrol to fill their vehicles.

The angry drivers told the reporter that, some fuel stations they visited refused to sell to them, but they knew that those filling stations had fuel, but were hoarding them, adding that it was in the news that there would be a fuel increment so they decided to hoard them to turn their customers away.

Areas where the shortage hit much curious was Apedwa, Kyebi, Koforidua, Asamakese, Nkwakwa, Suhum, Nsawam and Akyem Tafo and its surround communities.

Taxi drivers who spoke to this reporter in separate interviews at a Total filling station at Asamankese, said they had been moving up and down for past 3 days and have still not been able to get any fuel.

One Garbiel said ”I am so worried because it has really affected me financially, I cannot be idle that was why I came all the way to this place just to get myself a gallon.’

‘I went all the way to Nkawkaw to be in a long queue before I got 2 gallons of fuel to buy. One gallon of fuel was GHc40.00 which was so expensive, but I had no choice than to buy it. It is really affecting us’ one driver Busia hinted.

At the Koforidua Total One and Two filling stations, queues had been formed with gallons as drivers were seen trading insults and blows among others as the vendors were been selective in their distribution.

Meanwhile, speaking to one of the fuel vendors, Samason at Akosombo Total Filling station over the weekend, he revealed they only have in stock Diesel, but in short of petrol and debunked the allegation that they were hoarding fuel.

Some filling stations were seen empty which indicated that there were no fuel at the stations because there was pressure at the station and attendants were seen sitting idle and vehicles were also seen parked.

While some stations had pressure mounted on them, others would welcome you with the ‘no fuel’ sign by the entrance, which was written boldly on a sign post.

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