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Fuel Shortage Hits Banjul, KMC

Jun 18, 2008, 5:56 AM | Article By: By Baboucarr Senghore

Reports reaching this paper have it that yet another bout of fuel shortage, mainly Diesel, is imminent in the Greater Banjul Area, forcing many commuters to jostle against one another for room in the few commercial vehicles or tarry for hours on end, especially during rush hours.

According to the reports, petrol stations in and around Banjul have been virtually overwhelmed by commercial and private vehicles in a move believed by many to be geared towards hoarding fuel for fear of possible shortage in the coming days.

Drivers and commuters have been expressing concerns about the situation, which many describe as pathetic owing to its frequency. They thus called for urgent intervention by government. The latest development follows an increase in the price of fuel.

In a press release issued to this paper recently, the Government of the Gambia announced the increase in the pump prices of Super Petrol, Gas Oil and Kerosene.

This resulted to calls by the general public for government to take a stance to put a lasting solution to the tradition of successive fuel price increases.