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Title:Petroleum products shortage in a Nigerian city: an exploratory study of supply in Ilorin
Author:Obadan, M.I.
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:petroleum products
Abstract:This paper focuses on a detailed study of the petroleum products supply situation in one of the Nigerian cities, Ilorin, capital of Kwara State and administrative headquarters of Ilorin Local Government. Although vehicle traffic problems in Ilorin are not confounding as in many other Nigerian state capitals, the problem of petroleum shortage has been very real. The problem is no sporadic phenomenon, rather it appears perennial and nagging to consumers. A major characteristic of the phenomenon of gasoline shortage in Ilorin has been that, on average, only three or four filling stations have gasoline for sale at any point in time. This important observation underscores the consequences of long queues and occasional scrambling, often evident at the filling stations. It is, therefore, the object of this paper to analyse the volume of supply of gasoline and diesel in the Kwara State Capital. In addition, the important factors affecting supply are determined empirically. App., notes, ref., tab.