Fuel scarcity in Lagos is making it difficult for taxi drivers to repay bank loans encouraged by a government scheme to help them buy a new car, according to a 234next.com report.

In May 2009 the Lagos state government in conjunction with the Union Bank of Nigeria gave the 2009 model of the Nissan Sunny, costing N3 million each, to around 220 drivers in the state. The drivers now have three years to repay the bank at a rate of N4,000 per day.

Drivers are struggling to make the repayments because time spent in petrol queues, as well as the high price of fuel on the black market, has led to a drop in earnings.