INTRODUCTION: Drivers in the capital of the oil-rich country of Nigeria have been faced with an acute shortage of petrol at the pumps.
GV PAN Sheds and storage tanks at Lagos oil depot
GV Black smoke PAN TO burning pipeline
GV Fire brigade hosing burning area (2 shots)
GV Firemen attacking fire
SV Rear Admiral Aduwo, Chief of Naval Staff and officers visiting site
GV Fire fighting
SV Admiral Auwo and other officials walking around site
SV PAN, GV Traffic jam of cars and trucks queueing at petrol station (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Drivers in the capital of the oil-rich country of Nigeria have been faced with an acute shortage of petrol at the pumps. since Monday (30 March) an oil pipeline has been burning out of control, stopping the distribution to petrol stations in and around Lagos.
SYNOPSIS: The accident occurred at Apapa depot in the capital when a pipeline burst and immediately caught fire. Black smoke still covered the area on Wednesday (1 April) as the blaze resisted all efforts by the fire brigade, assisted by naval personnel, to put it out.
Nigeria's oil wealth is counted in the more than 140 fields presently in operation, making it the second largest supplier of crude oil to the United States.
Despite this wealth, Nigeria's industrial output is modest in comparison with its agricultural output before the oil boom. Heavy federal expenditures on industry drew many young people from the agriculture sector to the cities and much of the oil revenue is being spent on food.
Revenue has been spent on a vastly expanded air and road network while railways were neglect, to lure the public towards private car ownership and greater oil consumption. But generally the Nigerians use very little of their own wealth. The continued use of firewood for cooking and heating is depleting the forests and causing soil erosion.
The irony of a petrol queue like this in Lagos on Wednesday was not appreciated by drivers waiting in the hot sun.