This is as President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to visit the state today, Thursday, January 4. The president is expected to commission Nigeria’s first inland dry port located in Kakuri area of the state. We gathered that the port has the capacity to handle 29,000 tonnes of cargoes yearly at the first phase of operation and will double when fully completed. Buhari is also expected to commission 10 new coaches and two locomotives for Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail lines in Rigasa area of the state. The additional coaches and locomotives are expected to ease the plight of passengers on the route.Our checks revealed that most of the petrol stations are under lock and key, and the few ones dispensing the product sell between 180 to 200 naira per litre. Long queues are a common sight in the state capital as cab operators spent the night at the petrol stations on Wednesday, January 3 to be able to get the product early morning today, Many of them are also not aware of the president’s visit, saying they are more interested in getting fuel to focus on their source of livelihood. “Oga, it’s fuel I am looking to go back to my business, I am not interested in Baba’s (President Buhari) visit for now,” a cab driver, Hassan Abubakar told us Meanwhile, security has been beefed up around the state as we sighted policemen at major junctions and busy areas in the state. Men and women of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) are also on ground to ensure free flow of traffic across the state. According to an earlier report by us, despite assurances by various government agencies and officials that the current fuel crisis will abate, the situation in Maiduguri, Borno state is worsened as residents are reportedly buying a four-litre gallon of petrol for as high as N2,500. Premium Times reports that most filling stations in Maiduguri are still under lock with vehicle owners spending most of their day on endless queues at the NNPC mega station because it is the only place where fuel is sold at the official pump price. PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app Few of the fillings stations being operated by independent marketers only sell their products at hiked prices of N250 per litre mostly in the late evening hours.

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