Thursday, February 28, 2008

This is a major rant!!! I'm tired of this country sha, I no go lie!!!!!!!!

On Friday last week on my way home from work, I stopped by at a filling station on the Lekki-Ajah Expressway to fill my car's tank with petrol in preparation for this week as is my usual tradition. I bought the petrol and drove home.....

My car is relatively new and I have never had cause to visit the mechanic since I bought it except to service it. My Mr. checks the oil and water on my behalf regularly so I never need to open the bonnet myself and the batteries have been OK since.. Imagine my surprise when I started the car on Monday morning and it refused to start! I checked the battery indicator on the dashboard display and saw everything looked OK but the car just wouldn't start!

Being that the car is a manual car with the a, b and c (accelerator, brake and clutch) I asked my maiguard and some other guys around my neighbourhood to push the car while I drove, thinking that would jump start things and I would be on my way....no luck! I had spent about 30 minutes doing this and realized I had to move on in order to arrive early at work. Now my hubby left the house before was done packing my stuff up so I had to find my way to work....

On getting to the office, I was surprised to see only my MD and supervisors cars...when I got in I found out that my other boss had the same problem...his started on Sunday when he was on his way to church and our Financial controller realized her car wouldn't start that morning as well....My mechanic went to my house about an hour later and told me my fuel pump was bad....My 2 other bosses took their cars to Briscoe Ford (company cars) and their drivers were told the fuel pumps were bad.....Unlikely coincidence eh?

Yesterday, my hubby called me to say 8 of the Toyota Corolla's in his company car pool had packed up and the problem? You guessed right! My sisters hubby also told her a number of cars in his company's pool had THE VERY SAME PROBLEM! FUEL PUMP!

Now I've been hearing this rumour that the fuel being distributed around Lagos is of bad quality....I wonder why the regulatory bodies did not discover this? Is there no means of checking that the petroleum products that get distributed are quality controlled?

I really am tired of the seeming lack of control in Nigeria, most anyone can get away with anything! now I'm quite skeptical about mentioning the name of the gas station from where I bought the petrol although my M.D says name them and shame them....anyway, I'd advise everyone to keep their ears to the ground before purchasing petroleum products....a word is enough for the wise!

32 comments:

Jaycee said...

FIRST!!!!! Yippee...

...na wa o...

I'm wondering if my parents experienced any such thing...gotta check up on them...

:)

Uzo said...

you need to name them...heard several stories yesterday and the culprits are Mobil & AP....Even got 2 text messages and 1 email here - people fallen victims to it

Lighty said...

i wonder what they expect people to do, i mean how difficult is it to get good oil in that country? if u ask me ill say someone or a group of peopla have a hand in it. am sure they done splitted the oil in half and diluted them to make up.
nothing is new in that country. i wonder when all this would end.

'Yar Mama said...

Actually there is a body charged with the sole purpose of regulating the quality of our fuel. However, as with the case with many regulatory bodies, the do not do the job but only take bribes from the companies to sign the papers that say they checked. Nigeria is in TROUBLE!!!

30+ said...

You got's to name them otherwise how else will others be able to avoid the culprits station. It will also cause them to sit up and investigate.

You never know even they may be unaware so someone got's to talk

princesa said...

The other day, i was on my way back to the office with my boss when his car packed up on the road. We had to call his mechanic who arrived to tell us that the problem was the *yea you guessed right*, FUEL PUMP!!

I havnt had any problem with my car yet maybe cos i only buy my fuel fron TOTAL.

darkelcee said...

haaa,

this is becoming plague .

Men we need God's intervention in this country

how much are we going to spend on fuel pum now?

pamela said...

Wow!!! :-( I don't know what to say.

Sorry Moni.


Should you name them? In some country where there is some form of control - I will say, Name and Shame but in naija - me I no know o..

pamela said...

First time I have seen or read Moni being peeved.

Can you write an anonymous letter to one of the newspaper and mention names there??

Just another thought...

Jinta said...

abi you put kerosene?

abeg, name them

Nyemoni said...

OK o! I bought the petrol from MOBIL! My office has a retainership with them, our drivers go there to get fuel and sign and we reconcile accounts with them at the end of every month. My husbands company does the same....All the Mobil Petrol stations on my route to and from work have been shut down since last wednesday.... there have been complaints to them and their management says they got the Petroleum products from NNPC, this and that....the reguatory body does not regulate jack! they just collect bribes and do nothing...

Uzo said...

I think its just a bad batch..Because Mobil seems to be the most hit...

Afrobabe said...

Kai...Nyeomi, you sure you bought the fuel at mobil? Talk true oh...was it not in gallon u bought it?

I SAW YOU!!!

Jinta said...

* afro - and na kerosene she buy for the gallon sef

darkelcee said...

There is actually a mail i got in the office today about Mobil's fuel. I think its adultrated. God help us in naija

darkelcee said...

There is actually a mail i got in the office today about Mobil's fuel. I think its adultrated. God help us in naija

classybabe said...

That's quite sad,the worse thing is they dont even care about the repercussions.
Wonder if the contamination is from the outlets or from the main source

My 2 cents said...

Hei moni, wat's shakin ma? Glad to know all is well wth you and the baby. I'm getting all mushy now.
That your country sha, this kind of episode should be a national calamity on the real.

Sara said...

Nothing in Nigeri would suprise me, I bet it is a conspiracy. Love your blog

For the love of me said...

Oh mobil's the culprit then, head and around had same problem, and she bought her fuel from mobil.Pele, its our dear country for you. Someone probably though they could make some money off this.
It's strange to hear you sound angry though,pele again

Pink-satin said...

wat!!!!that is such a shame!!!!

Zephi Fahrenheit said...

*shakes head* naija sef
and we are supposed to be blessed with crude oil

God's child said...

na wa o my dear, I hope that you were able to remedy the car problem this weekend

Ms. emmotions said...

isnt funny that this sorta fuel is allowed to circulate when DPR thats suppose to monitor and regulate the kind of fuel thats circulated in town sits in their Apapa office doing nothing?

Manda said...

na wa! wat kind of yeye carelessness is dat one. u sure woulda said their name as ur md suggested. Mr just experienced same problem yesterday!

Nonesuch said...

The gist according to NNPC spokes man is there is a bit of adultrated fuel in supply that has being recalled. The suppliers didnt make full disclosure of the chemical content to the marketers or some kind of hog wash. They say there will be scarity in Lagos but then thier 21 day reserve will be called up to dela with the situation.

No talks about compensation for those whose cars were affected or damages for the man hours and money lost.

Sherri said...

na wah o

u guys shud demand to be compensated.

Calabar Gal said...

Name them and Shame them O Jare. They desrve to be named and shamed for selling bad products.

Afronuts said...

Boy..the whole thing is like an epidemic!

I just keep asking myself the question...how could this have happened?

I have a suspicion that its a corruption factor somewhere in the oil sector...

Sorry about your car dear. My colleagues at work also fell victim to this baroof petrol

SET said...

THIS IS DISCOURAGING AND MUST HAVE BEEN SO ANNOING.

HOW ARE YOU DOIG?

TheAfroBeat said...

Pele o!! I heard about this through "in my head & around me's" blog. This is quite terrible. So now what? one has to start coughing up how many thousands for the mechanic to fix/buy certain parts, and all for the greedy oil companies to sit on their asses and not even render a sincere apology. I can only imagine your frustration. I am sorry that our country is in such a state. Mayhaps now that Yaradua's presidency has been deemed legit, we can get back to focusing on all the problems that so need focusing on in Nigeria.

How're things otherwise?

soupasexy said...

na wa o! chai, which kain country be this self..its just too sad.

but u need to name them tho, so others can know not to buy there nymore. its crazy!

 

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