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Tougher Times Ahead For Nigerians As Price Of Cooking Gas Hits N1,200 Per Kg

Tougher times ahead for Nigerians as the rising price of cooking gas as a kilogramme is now sold for…

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Tougher times ahead for Nigerians as the rising price of cooking gas as a kilogramme is now sold for between N1,000 and N1,200 in parts of the country, VerseNews reports.

There are also fears that the price may rise further owing to the scarcity of the product, which marketers are attributing to supply disruption.

VerseNews learnt that Lagos State yesterday showed that while 12.5 kilogrammes of cooking gas is sold for N12,000 at some retail stations, a kilogramme was sold for N1,150 and N1,200 in Lagos outskirts like Mowe, Ibafo and Magboro, among others, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ogun State.

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Mrs Suebat Ola, who drove down from Mowe, Ogun State, to buy the product in Lagos, said she decided to come to Lagos because the price was too high on the outskirts.

She said, “I came all the way from Mowe to fill my cylinders because along our axis, it is sold at between N1,150 and N1,200 per kg and that would be over N12,000 for 12.5kg. This is too expensive. I don’t know how long we would continue to spend this much buying cooking gas.”

A gas retailer at Oshodi in Lagos, Chucks Okafor, said cooking gas users might pay N1,200 before the end of the week.

He said: “The current price stands at N1,100 per kg, while 3kg and 6kg cost N3,300 and N6,600 respectively; a 12kg cylinder of cooking gas costs N13,200.

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“Many people who come to my store are shocked by the prices. Many walk away unable to make a purchase. I understand their plight, but as a retailer, my hands are tied too.”

Mrs Adebayo Esther Aderonke, a Lagos resident, lamented that “Cooking gas has become a luxury we can barely afford. We used to cook three meals a day, but now we have had to cut back. It is disheartening.”

Chef Maya, a renowned restaurateur, who also decried the increase in the price of cooking gas, said: “Our menu prices have had to increase, and customers are noticing. We fear losing our regulars due to the rising costs.”

In Kano metropolis, there were queues at major gas stations.

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While some vendors were selling a kilogramme for N880, others were selling at N950 and N1,000 as against N750 it was previously sold.

The situation was said to have forced many households in the state to resort to the use of charcoal.

Vendors attributed the hike to the high cost of transportation occasioned by the high cost of diesel.

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The Kano State Secretary of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers of Nigeria (LIPGAR), Muhammad Omede, also blamed “the difficulties usually encountered by transporters due to poor road network, especially the Lagos-Kano road.”

Some citizens attributed the gas price hike to the weak naira, limited bulk storage and scattered terminals among other factors.

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