Fuel Scarcity: Radio Stations, Airlines, MTN Shuts Down Operations
The hardship brought about by the scarcity of fuel has taken a new dimension with several service providers shutting down their operations.
Yesterday, at least two radio stations, The Beat FM and Classic FM announced decision to shut down operations following their inability obtain diesel required in powering their generators since public power supply is nearly unavailable. Sources said their are at least two other radio stations who have also shut down operations for the same reason
Also, domestic airlines have started grounding operations due to the near total scarcity of aviation fuel to run the aircrafts.
gathered that the two largest domestic carriers in Nigeria, Arik Air and Aero Contractors, cancelled all their flights in Nigeria as a result of the scarcity of JetA1, otherwise known as aviation fuel.
At the Abuja airport, many passengers, who arrived the Abuja airport with the intention of travelling out of the city, had their flights cancelled.
Frustrated by the development, many of them left the airport in anger.
Spokespersons of Arik, Banji Ola said the airline cancelled its domestic flights nationwide, but was still operating international flights.
He said, “We had to cancel our domestic flights because of lack of aviation fuel to run the aircraft.
Aero Contractors spokesperson, Mr. Simon Tumba, on the other hand stated that the airline’s flights were also cancelled due to aviation fuel challenges.
in the same vein, telecoms giant, MTN Nigeria has said “the shortage of diesel is seriously posing a significant threat to quality of service and the ability to optimally operate the network.”
The company said “if diesel is not supplied in the next 24 hours, the network will be seriously degraded and customers will feel the impact”