From Tom Garba, Yola
As the current round of fuel scarcity bites harder nationwide, residents of Adamawa State have lamented the development and laid the blame for it at the doorsteps of the Federal Government.
The Dream Daily sought the views of the residents at various filling stations in Adamawa as they queue on long lines across the state.
Obadiah Ezekiel who said he spent over 24 hours waiting to fuel his car had over 300 cars ahead of him when The Dream Daily spoke with him
He said: “I really hope to have fuel today (Saturday). Why is Adamawa State always having the bad side of every good thing”? Nothing good will always be our own in this state, if it is fuel scarcity we get the worst, if it is administration and the issue of governance we equally get the worst, in terms of developments our state has nothing to show. Look at the issue of this fuel scarcity, ours in this state is so unique to the extent that a gallon of petrol at the black market is sold today at N900, To buy at government price you spend days before you get the product. I’m asking Buhari to explain this issue to Nigerians. This is not the “change” yearned for”.
Another resident who gave his name simply as JJ said he had been on the queue for three said he regretted voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) who he said had deceived him with the mantra of “change.”
““Now it is appearing to be change for bad, change to make Nigerians suffer untold hardship. I think all the blames should be shifted to Mr President because he is the President of Nigeria and doubles as the minister of petroleum, he has enough answers to this problem. As corrupt as Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) were blackmailed to be, we have never experience fuel scarcity of this type. I’m wondering if they can solve this issue before next year”
Secretary of the PDP Adamawa, Barr. A T Shehu, said: “I pray this problem will be over soon, but really we feel it is bad. The PDP-led government never allow petroleum to hold the country down the way we are seeing now. Only God can deliver us”.
But a lecturer at the Modibbo Adama university (MAUTECH), in the Department of Information Management Technology, Dr John Ngamsa held a contrary view of the problem, adjudging that Buhari or the present government should not be blamed for the current fuel scarcity.
Ngamsa said: ” Buhari should be exonerated of any blame in the problem we are facing over the fuel scarcity. The people in senior positions at the ministry of petroleum should be called to order, they know where the problem lies. Buhari should be counted out of this mess.”.
A commercial tricycle operator, Aliyu Mohammad, lamented that he had been brainwashed into accepting the “change mantra, only to face this hardship.”
Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa, Ahmad Lawal said the blame for the current scarcity should be shared among government officials and agencies, major and independent marketers “and even the general public many of whom are black marketers of the product.”