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Artificial gas shortage? LPRC says no gas, fuel shortages, as filling stations say otherwise

Liberian Observer/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

MONROVIA-LIBERIA-There were vehicles queueing for hours on Monday October 22, 2018 at several major failing stations in Monrovia, raising concerns over the non- availability of petroleum products on the Liberian market.

Several top gas stations were  also closed Sunday, the day before due to what was said to be the shortage of petroleum products in the country.

A gallon of gasoline in Monrovia and its environs is now being sold between L$750 to L$860, while fuel is sold for L$775 to L$875 as of the Monday afternoon, October 22.

This situation, according to our business desk, is also paralyzing the movement of vehicles thereby leaving many passengers stranded as many drivers complain that they are unable to get gas for their vehicles.

Top petroleum vendors TOTAL Liberia, Super Petroleum (SP), Aminata & Sons, and Don Kan filling stations, are among those reportedly serving a limited amounts of gas to customers. Many of the vehicles which were seen plying the Tubman Boulevard route had queued at the Kailondo and Son fueling stations in order to get petrol.

However, Al-Laurent Parker, public relations manager at the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Corporation (LPRC), told the Daily Observer in an interview that he was surprised to hear in the news that there is a shortage of petroleum products on the market.

Mr. Parker, who spoke to our business desk last evening, said that gasoline dealers are always in the constant habit of hiking the price of petroleum products.

“As I speak to you now there is no shortage of gasoline on the market, we have enough gasoline and fuel in the country. We don’t know the reason why people would want to hoard the product,” he said.

He said in every economy there are dishonest people that want to maximize profits at the expense of others. Mr. Parker further assured that there is enough fuel in the country and that there is no need for panic.

The apparent artificial scarcity is generating grave concern among consumers and impacting the price of the product..


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