Despite the fact that Nigeria is an oil-producing country, citizens still suffer scarcity of major products such as petrol and kerosene with untold hardships and cut-throat prices associated with these products whenever and wherever they are available.
Therefore, it was a thing of joy when the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, mega station on the Olusegun Obasanjo Way in Abuja opened its gates for the sale of kerosene to residents of the city at at N50 per litre.
A cross-section of the residents commended the NNPC as well as lauded the government for making the product available at the station especially as yuletide is already at the corner.
“I am happy to buy kerosene at N50 per litre; I used to buy it at N200 per litre at the black market.
“The price (N200) is too much and most Nigerians cannot afford it,” Mr Samuel Ako, one of the residents, said.
Other residents who spoke after getting the commodity from the station, lamented the exorbitant cost of kerosene especially at the black markets and therefore called on the government to ensure that the product is available at all times as it is an important and cheap source of cooking fuel.
The manager of NNPC mega station, Mr Steve Yohanna, promised that the station would always sell kerosene at N50 per litre.
Yohanna said that NNPC management had devised a means of easing the suffering of the people who thronged the station daily to buy kerosene.