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Nigeria: Fuel Shortage Hits Kano
Reports say the northern city is the only one affected
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2008-03-28 14:57 (KST)   
While workers across Nigeria resume their various activities after the Easter and Mawlid [observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad] breaks, Kano, the commercial city of the northern part of the country has been hit by a fuel shortage from the beginning of this week.

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On Wednesday when the two festivities ended, motorists were seen joining long queues at various filling stations in Kano, the state capital, while workers and other Kano residents decided to make their way to their various destinations on foot as there is not enough fuel to use in cars and motorbikes.

Commercial transportation companies have hiked their fees for transporting people within and outside Kano, while many other travelers have postponed their intended trips.

As of March 27, the streets of Kano were almost deserted as most of the vehicles were in long queues at various filling stations, while other stations had no more fuel to serve customers.

Reports say it is only Kano city that is having difficulties. Other Nigerian cities are not encountering the same problem.

An owner of a filling station said the fuel shortage problem lies with the Nigerian government and the Nigerian Petroleum Corporation, an allegation which the government denies.
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