As the current scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol persists in
Lagos State, small entrepreneurs as well as commuters have begun to groan over high transportation fare.
Checks by Vanguard yesterday, showed that the scarcity was biting harder as motorists and residents went in search of fuel endlessly as most filling stations were not dispensing on the ground that they had no product.
Some of the filling stations along Egbeda-LASU- Iba Road which had supply, were selling at increased pump prices, ranging from N150 to N200 per litre while black markets also thrives, selling as high as N250, per litre.
Most restaurant operators were seen lamenting low sales due to lack of fuel to power their generators as public power supply remains erratic.
Also commuters lamented hike in transport fares which had gone up to over 100 per cent. The normal journey that cost N100 before the scarcity now goes for N200 or N250 as the case may be.
According to Mrs. Fumi Akiola, a trader at Abule Egba and lives at Ignado area of the state, instead of the earlier N250, she spent daily on transportation, it had gone up to N750 per day due to hike in transportation fares.
BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI