The scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit commonly known as petrol bit harder in Ekiti State on Saturday as most filling stations in the major towns of the state including Ado Ekiti, the capital city, closed shops.
The few stations, mostly those of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and major marketers, which opened witnessed long queues with motorists and cyclists spending hours on queue.
Fuel queues resurfaced in the state on Friday when most filling stations did not open and this has compelled many car owners to leave their vehicles at home.
On Saturday, black market sellers were seen selling petrol in jerry cans at exhorbitant prices on major streets.
Bothered by the development, the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, appealed to owners and operators of filling stations in the state to desist from hoarding petroleum products thereby creating artificial fuel scarcity in the state.
In a statement on Saturday by the Chief Press to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi, described hoarding of petroleum product as an act of economic sabotage, which creates uncesessary hardship for the people and cripples businesses adding that any filling station caught hoarding fuel will receive heavy sanction.
Oyebode said monitoring teams had been dispatched to go round filling stations in the state and ensure that no filling station hoarded fuel to the detriment of the people.