SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
Taxi drivers and motorbike riders who were found in long queues yesterday at Total fuel station at Kissy, east of the city, have bemoaned undue delay by dealers at various gas stations in Freetown to sell diesel and petrol.
A bike rider, Mohamed Koroma, stated that dealers of fuel are refusing to sell fuel to them without any reason, adding that a litre of fuel is now being sold at seven thousand Leones (Le7,000) on the black market.
“We are finding it very hard to get fuel in any of the fuel stations within the city. I am calling on the authorities to address the situation before it gets worse,” he said.
In an interview with Concord Times, Alimamy Bangura, a youth leader around the Shell axis, said that after the three-day ‘sit-at-home’ ended last Sunday a good number of vehicle owners and motorbike riders could not get fuel at stations, which he blamed on fuel scarcity.
“This is scaring for us because just after the lockdown came to an end we are now talking about fuel crisis. There has been a delay in selling fuel by dealers in the various stations within the city,” he said.
However, a senior staff at NP-SL who preferred anonymity refuted claims of fuel shortage, as tankers are being refilled at the Kissy terminal to supply fuel to outlets in Freetown and the provinces.