Kano residents lament high cost of cooking gas

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Residents of Kano have lamented rising cost of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) popularly known
as “cooking gas” in the state.

A check by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent on Monday revealed that a kilogramme of LPG now sells for
between N1, 200 and N1, 260 as against N1,050 a week ago.

Also, a 12.5kg cylinder of LPG, which hitherto sold for N13,000 has jumped to N15,000, while 5kg that sold for N5,000
now sells for between N6,000 and N6,300, depending on the dealer.

A customer, Musa Shanono, said low income earners were suffering because they battle with both high cost of food items and cooking gas.

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Shanono added that “the increase in price of cooking gas is outrageous, considering the current situation in the country.

The price increase on a monthly basis is outrageous, government must act fast.”

Aisha Ali, a food vendor, while lamenting the increasing cost, said “I prefer cooking gas due to its advantages which included easy to control, little or no pollution and fast cooking.”

She appealed to the Federal Government to take drastic measures to crash the price of the product in the interest of the masses.

Similarly, Sani Abubakar, a civil servant, who also lamented the high cost of foodstuff and cooking gas, said he had cautioned his family to manage gas usage.

Abubakar said that his wife had to use charcoal as alternative source for cooking because of his large family, adding that “using gas alone is not sustainable.”

Mr Adepoju Bola, a Teacher, also said that the price increase had affected him negatively, causing him lots of financial stress.

He added that “the increase in price of cooking gas has added to the hardship being experienced by low income earners in the country.”

Bola, who also urged government to act fast, said that the situation, if not addressed promptly, might force people who had hitherto stopped using
firewood to revert and start felling trees, thereby doing more damage to the forest.

A gas dealer, Saminu Dauda, attributed the price increase to shortage of supply and the exchange rate.

Another dealer, Garba Imam, said the hike had caused serious drop in sales because only a few people could afford the current price.

NAN reports that the high price of cooking gas has forced many households to find alternative in firewood, charcoal and kerosene powered stove. (NAN)

By Muhammad Nur Tijani