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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 11:24 am

Sierra Leone stricken by fuel shortage


A fuel shortage has hit Sierra Leone, causing rationing and long lines at gas stations and hampering the movement of vehicles and goods in the West African nation.

Former Minister of Trade and Industry Richard Conteh said the next imported consignment of fuel is not expected to arrive in Freetown before Thursday and that it will take time to offload and distribute it to filling stations which now feature long lines of vehicles, both private and public transport, mixed with people toting jerry cans for their generators.

The shortage has hit the entire country for almost a week. Fares for public transport, including taxis and commercial bikes, have skyrocketed and black marketeers are charging up to $2.50 for one liter of gas. The normal pump price per liter is $1.