By Collins Yakubu-Hammer
In spite of the issue of lingering petrol shortage, Abuja residents thronged varied recreation centres on Monday to have fun Christmas.
Fun seekers in giant quantity troupe to some parks in Abuja, particularly Magicland, Monoliza Amusement Park, Wonder land and Millennium Park.
Many enjoyable seekers expressed appreciation to God for making them to celebration one other Christmas which marks the beginning of Jesus Christ.
They stated they didn’t enable the gasoline shortage to have an effect on their pleasure through the Christmas.
At the favored Magic land positioned close to the town gate, enjoyable seekers of their lots of trouped to catch enjoyable.
A Sterling Bank van with registration, Lagos, MUS 723 XR, outfitted with cellular Auto Teller Machine (ATM), was stationed within the park to make sure that enjoyable seekers don’t run out of money.
Mr Johnbull Emeka, a enterprise man at Wuse Market, stated he was within the park to provide his household a superb time.
“There is not any higher time of getting enjoyable with the household than this time. It is a public vacation and you’ll see a number of households are right here to catch their enjoyable.
“Even although gasoline is scarce, enjoyable is just not scarce right here; mother and father, youngsters and even floor mother and father are all right here catching their enjoyable.
“You know transport fare has gone very excessive, so as a substitute of spending a lot on transport to go house for Christmas, it’s higher to come back and luxuriate in within the park and be completely happy.
“We thank God for being alive to celebrate Christmas and we pray he keeps us alive to celebrate the next one. Nigeria will get better with time,” Emeka stated.
Mr Paul Okoh, appreciates enjoyable seekers whom he described as “wonderful people”.
“They know that ‘Magicland’ is one of the best place for teenagers and grownup to catch their enjoyable. We thank them.
“Our equipment never fail and our security is always alert to any eventuality. We will always try to make Abuja people happy and satisfy as they come to have fun in the park,” Okoh stated.
At Monoliza Amusement Park positioned at Garki, Area 11, a enjoyable seeker, Mrs Agatha Anchor, who’s a civil servant, stated it was not simple however the purpose for the season is worthy of the celebration.
Anchor, who had a bumper automotive and horse trip along with her two youngsters stated they have been within the park to catch their enjoyable for the Christmas.
“Whether gasoline or no gasoline, life goes on. The youngsters must have enjoyable, that’s the reason we’re right here. We can not boring ourselves in the home as a result of gasoline shortage.
“It is a season to have fun. Though it isn’t simple as a result of issues are laborious now, however then the youngsters should catch their enjoyable.
“It is our duty as parents to bring them to the parks for the Christmas to make them happy,” Anchor stated.
Another enjoyable seeker, Mr. Abdullahi Usman, stated he was within the park together with his spouse and two youngsters to have fun the Christmas.
“Even although I’m a Muslim, we’re all one Nigeria. It is a public vacation, I can not preserve my youngsters at house. We have to affix the Christians within the parks to additionally get pleasure from ourselves.
“Even with the fuel scarcity, you can see a lot of people in the park catching their fun. We thank God for everything,” Usman stated.
Mr Kingsley Joseph, who sells ‘Cutting Candy’, stated patronage is encouraging including that “I foresee high sales.”
Malam Abdullahi Garba also referred to as ‘Baba Dogo’ Manager of the park expressed satisfaction with the patronage of enjoyable seekers.
Garba stated: “God is great; I by no means thought giant variety of individuals will come out as we speak due to the gasoline shortage, however you’ll be able to see for your self, crowd are trouping in.
“If you pray and go away the remainder to God, He will shock you. Nigeria is blessed. However, we have to pray for our leaders and likewise contribute our particular person quota to nation constructing.
“Let us additionally pray to God to melt the guts of our leaders which can be heartless, who don’t see the sufferings of the individuals.
“I want to thank the media and the security agencies that are helping in enlightening and protecting the people,” Garba stated.
The scenario was not completely different on the Millennium Park, positioned close to Transcorp Hilton in Maitama the place enjoyable seekers of their lots of troupe in have enjoyable.
NAN noticed that as a result of giant crowd, enjoyable seekers should queue to enter the park with safety personnel’s conducting looking out on the gate.
Also, the parking zone of the park was stuffed. Fun seekers later used the unity fountain space to park their vehicles.
Mrs Barbra Timothy, a petty dealer from Garki II in firm of her 4 youngsters introduced meals, drinks and a music participant to catch their enjoyable.
“My brother, as we speak is Christmas, we have to thank God of the life and likewise benefit from the life within the park.
“As you’ll be able to see, we’re able to catch our enjoyable. Even although gasoline is scarce, it didn’t present within the park as a result of you’ll be able to see individuals of their lots of coming to have enjoyable right here.
“However, we should not additionally overlook the rationale for the season. It is all about love, however you might want to love your self to know the right way to love others.
“We are here. Let the fun begin. Thank you my brother,” Timothy stated.
Malam Bala Abubakar, a horse-ride service supplier, stated he offered a horse trip for 200 naira and to mount the horse and take pictures, he charged 100 naira.
According to him, there’s excessive patronage by enjoyable seekers within the park.
“I am very busy with fun seekers wanting to ride while other want to mount and take pictures. Business is going in fine and I thank Allah for this.” (NAN)
By Yetunde Bada
Abuja, Dec. 22, 2017 (NAN) A mixed workforce of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and safety brokers on Sunday uncovered unlawful reservoirs of gasoline in Abuja.
Speaking on the website of the mini depot, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, stated it was saddening to make such discoveries within the metropolis middle when lower than 500 meters away, motorists have been on limitless queues.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that lots of of jerry cans, 200-liter drums, and 500 liter tanks have been uncovered in a sting operation by the workforce within the metropolis middle.
According to him, the perpetrators have brought on untold ache and hardship on Nigerians throughout a vital season as Christmas.
“In the battle room (the place essential points are mentioned throughout gasoline crises), we requested ourselves why the scenario (gasoline queues) persists.
“We bought an intelligence report of those mini depots and as you’ll be able to see, these golf vehicles which can be purported to have 40 litres have tanks that may take 200 liters of petrol.
“This different one is a mini depot. Although a few of the merchandise are diesel, the DPR says it’s unauthorised. We have over 50 days provide of diesel and so there is no such thing as a purpose to hoard the product.’’
The Abuja Zonal Controller of DPR, Mr Mohammed Abba, informed newsmen “now we have arrested 20 individuals in reference to those that promote in jerry cans in Zone One alone and their amenities.
“We are handing them over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, as a result of the DPR has no capabilities to prosecute.
“We will check for forensic evaluation and we’ll pursue the case to court docket’’.
Mr Aminu Abdullahi, Assistant Commandant-General Operations, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps whereas receiving the perpetrators confirmed receiving the 20 individuals.
“We have obtained the suspects and DPR might be referred to as in for forensic evaluation to check what was handed over,’’ he stated.
A survey of filling stations by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) within the FCT revealed that motorists are lamenting the cruel circumstances on gasoline queues on Christmas Day.
Some of the filling stations visited by NAN have been the NIPCO alongside Jabi, Oando in Zone 1, Texaco on the Airport Road and NNPC Mega Station alongside Zone 1 and on the Kubwa Expressway.
NAN reviews that although there was presence of safety brokers in virtually all stations visited, the queues have been rowdy with offended commuters screaming themselves down.
NAN additionally reviews that on the NNPC mega station, the rowdiness was attributable to two vehicles on an unlawful queue that blocked the primary queue and insisted on entry.
The presence of three safety businesses comprising a army man, a policeman and a civil protection man did nothing to intimidate the motive force who saved saying ”It is unhappy that I’ve to be at a filling station as we speak.
“My household is at house ready for me to come back and take them out. This is unfair, unhappy and merciless. This is my worst Christmas’’.
At Jabi, NAN reviews that the safety males have been dressed to the hilt with helmets as if prepared for chaos however there have been nonetheless very lengthy unlawful traces blocking the exit to NIPCO.
A motorist, Mr Salau Agidingbi, informed NAN, “it is these illegal queues that cause chaos during crisis such as these. they block flow of oncoming traffic, block the exit for drivers that have got fuel after queuing up for hours and want to be served immediately they get into the station”.
At Texaco, a pump attendant, who didn’t want to be named, informed NAN “we shut at seven earlier than due to safety points however due to the individuals touring now we have to increase our time until 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.
Another motorist, Celia Tamuno informed NAN “this Christmas is horrible. See me right here. It is annoying and the traces are so lengthy. Other moms are at Wonderland, different enjoyable locations and I’m right here. This is heart-breaking’’.