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General News of Sunday, 29 June 2014

Source: myjoyonline.com

Chaos at some stations as motorists jostle for fuel

There is chaos at some fuel stations as motorists push and shove in desperate search for fuel, which has been in short supply for days.

Though some of the stations have begun taking stock, at least in Accra, the queues formed at fuel stations show no sign of going away.

At one of the stations in Lapaz, Accra, the station manager Eugene Opoku told Joy News they received a limited supply of the products last night, but are unable to handle the overwhelming number of motorists who have queued in search for the product.

On Saturday, government released a statement announcing had distributed a substantial amount of fuel to the stations and urged motorists to be calm and desist from panic buying.

While apologising to the motorists for the shortage, the statement also warned the stations not to sell petrol to people who come to the stations with gallons.

Ernest Opoku said they received only 18,000 litres of fuel when they usually take in more than 40,000 litres.

He said they have been overwhelmed by the long queues and chaos that have accompanied the purchase of the product and threatened they might stop selling if there is no order.

The situation in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region is no different, if not worse.

Luv FM's Erastus Asare Donkor said there was only one filling station out of the lot he had visited on Sunday morning that was selling petrol.

He explained some of the fuel stations had diesel and other products, but were in short supply of Super and redirected motorists to other stations.

Contrary to reports that government had caused to be distributed reserve petroleum products in all the regions through its BOST offices, Erastus Donkor said there has been no such distribution in the Ashanti Region.

According to him, the BOST office in Kumasi had stopped working since last year because there had not been any fuel reserve to manage.

He said the situation in Kumasi is getting dire by the day.

The situation in the Central and Upper West Regions are no different as some have begun to illegally sell the product in beer, coca cola bottles and other containers.

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