Fuel Scarcity: Student makes up to N5000 daily renting out generator tanks
Last November, the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, restricted fuel stations from dispensing into jerry cans due to prevalent scarcity at the time.
While it was bad news for many, especially owners of power generating sets, some have since taken it as a business opportunity.
Vivian Gist met Oladapo, not his real name, at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mega station in Ketu, where he and a host of others offer generator tanks to prospective fuel buyers.
Oladapo works in a team of three who take turns in convincing prospects at the station entrance and attending to already won customers.
Once you have agreed to patronise them, you go to a spot close to the entrance where they operate from. There, you leave your keg and youíre assigned someone to take the tank with you to the fuel pump.
After filling the tank with whatever quantity of fuel you so desire, you return to the spot and empty the tank into your keg. And for their service, you pay N100.
Oladapo told Vivian Gist that his team makes up to N5,200 daily. He said he decided to do it to stay busy as his school is on holiday.
ďIf I wasnít here, I would just be watching movies at home,Ē he said.
Oladapo and his team are not the only ones in the business at the Ketu station. There are a few others including a mother and her son who have been making a living out of the ban.
However, if the words of one of the attendants at the station are anything to go by, Oladapo and coís brisk business will be shut down soon.
The fuel attendant said they would be allowed to sell into jerry cans as from next week.
Oladapo is not fazed by that development though.
ďBy then school would have reopened,Ē he said.