Friday, July 10, 2009

Fuel rationing in Accra



By : Bismarck Nii Ogbamey Tetteh
The recent fuel shortage in Accra has resulted in some drivers to join long winding queues just to be able to get fuel in their vehicles so they can go on with their daily duties.
Some fuel stations in Accra have to devices ways and means to serve each and every one of their customers and for that matter some of these ways include fuel rationing. People are not able to buy exactly the amount of fuel they need because others also have to be served.
Sky petroleum, a fuel filling station around East Legon this morning around 6am, witnessed long queues of cars at the station. The queues were so long that they had to take part of the road. Anxious drivers waited patiently in the queues only to be told that the fuel station was rationing the fuel and each vehicle owner could buy a maximum amount of GHC 20 of fuel.
Some commercial driver also device smart ways of buy more than what they were told they could buy. What they did was to join the queue and then find gallons. They first filled their gallons then joined then continued with the queues so they could buy more than the GHC 20 worth of fuel they were told they could buy. Others also come with their friends and siblings and give them gallons; these drivers join the queues and allow their friends or siblings to buy them the fuel using the gallons so they can also get enough fuel for their cars.
The bottom line is most of these driver said they wished by the end of today, the fuel rationing situation would be resolved so they will wake up in the morning not only thinking of how to beat hectic traffic in Accra and how to get feed their families but also how to queue for long hours just to get fuel.

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