The present fuel scarcity which has been going on for almost a week may not end tomorrow, because the vessel expected to bring the much needed fuel may not berth in Sierra Leone before the weekends.
Yesterday the out outgoing Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Richard Konteh said that fuel is now being rationed in Sierra Leone with half the daily quota being pumped out.
Going further, he said, this is because of the delay in the vessel bringing the fuel, as a result of a general shortage of refined oil product in West Africa, and that the product is being imported from Europe which takes a longer time.
The minister affirmed that that the vessel will arrive in Sierra Leone before the weekend.
Meanwhile, there are hues and cry over what the scarcity has caused to the movement of people and goods.
In every fuel station in Freetown, and even provincial headquarter towns, there are unbearable long queues comprising commercial vehicles and motorbikes, as well as those needing it for domestic purposes.
The situation has forced black marketers to have a field day; forcing commercial users to buy the much need fuel at a very high price.
This situation, according to a taxi driver, Foday Ansumana, has forced them to run at shorter distances at the cost of Le 1,000, since black marketers are asking for extra, twice the normal price for a litre of petrol.
Similar sentiments were also expressed by okada riders, whose price has, since the start of the shortage, tripled the usual fare, charged on commuters.
However, despite the negative effect, this might have on the populace, fuel importers remain quiet.
By Poindexter Sama