“It was impossible for us to legally distribute benzine to the right consumers, because illegal Bajaj drivers are preventing us from distributing”. Said workers at oil stations located in Bahir Dar.
A Youth called Netsanet Tefera is a resident and the head of his family. Netsanet said, the main source of his income is Bajaj and he uses his income to manage the his family. He also added that if he stops working one day, the negative impact is high in his personal and family life.
However, many other Bajaj drivers have been forced to stop their work because of the lack of benzine since the past Friday. According to youth’s comment, as told to Amhara Mass Media Agency: “The problem has been created as a result of the expansion of black market, but NOT because of the lack of benzine”.
The youth also said that there are 12 gas stations in Bahir Dar and except for one gas station, all of them are distributing illegally, especially at night with Barrel and Jerikan (in Amharic).
The group leader of the Shemachoch Consumer Protection and Support Team of Bahir Dar City Administration trade and industry department Mrs Tirgalem Geremew said: She has received a report from Bajaj Drivers, so the trade office instructed us to close and open gas stations from 12:00 night – 12:00 morning Ethiopian time. But it was difficult to implement.
In order to solve this problem, they started to discuss with the regional trade office, the mayor office, and other concerned offices, she said.
Mr. Molalign Tekeba, the owner of TAF Gas Station said: “We can not deliver the existing gasoline to the consumers, because of some Bajaj Drivers.” He also added that the shortage of benzene is due to the fact that the problem is caused by the lack of benzene in the Sudan region. He also said that he and his team are threatening by some illegal Bajaj drivers who works on line which was unassigned to them. So the government of the region should work properly to fulfill his duty.