The Lagos State Government has started taking steps to control the behavior of large and independent gasoline marketers operating along key highways and other regions of the state with heavy traffic.
This comes after the traffic jams that are currently occurring in some areas of the state as a result of persistent fuel shortages and lengthy vehicle lines at these filling stations, despite claims that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has improved the distribution of gasoline.
This information was provided in a statement issued by Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, who emphasized that the action is necessary to stop drivers from lining up randomly to buy gasoline, which frequently impedes the free flow of traffic on various routes.
Filling stations will now be open from 9am to 4pm.
According to Oladeinde, until the gasoline scarcity problem passes, large and independent petroleum marketers will only be permitted to operate their filling stations between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm everyday if they are located on key roads or in other high-traffic regions.
He continued by saying that the task of ensuring a smooth flow of traffic across the State has been assigned to the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Transport Operations Compliance Unit (TOCU), and other Law Enforcement Agencies.
The Commissioner, therefore, implored all major and Independent Petroleum Marketers operating across the State to comply with the directive to avoid sanctions.