Con­sumers groan as price of cook­ing gas in­creases

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mo­hammed Shosanya (Lagos) and Daniel Adugbo (Abuja)

The price of Liq­ue­fied Petroleum Gas (LPG), oth­er­wise called cook­ing gas has in­creased in the last few weeks in Lagos, Abuja and many other states due to sup­ply hitches.

It was ob­served that the cost of 12.5kg LPG was N4, 200 in Sho­molu and ad­journ­ing ar­eas in Lagos, which was a far cry from the N3, 000 it sold for in pre­vi­ous weeks.

How­ever, even more wor­ri­some is the fact that the prod­uct’s sup­ply be­came scarce.

Re­tail­ers of the prod­uct said that they were con­strained to dis­pense the lit­tle they had be­cause of the sup­ply hitch they ex­pe­ri­enced from sup­pli­ers.

A re­tailer, Lucky Nwachukwu, in Sho­molu, said: “Sadly, the busi­ness of cook­ing gas is not profit yield­ing. I am still sell­ing the prod­uct to earn a liv­ing as the profit mar­gin is low.”

A sur­vey of LPG re­tail out­lets in Abuja showed that the price has in­creased by over 13 per cent.

For in­stance a 12.5kg cylin­der of cook­ing gas in­creased to be­tween N4,000 and N4,300 from be­tween N3,500 and N3,800 some weeks ago in the city.

A user of cook­ing gas,Mrs. Fidelia Chidi ,told our re­porter that 12.5kg of the prod­uct which used to sell for N3,800 at Lugbe, Abuja rose to N4,000 two weeks ago and to N4,300 last week.

The Chair­man of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Liq­ue­fied Petroleum Gas Mar­keters (NALPGAM), Mr Basil Og­buanu, said that the in­crease was due to de­mur­rage and other costs in­curred by the op­er­a­tors.

“The price of 12.5kg of the prod­uct has risen from N2,500 in May 2016 to N4,000 within Lagos and Ogun states,” he said.

“In other states, the price has risen from N2,700 and N3,700 to around N4,500 and N5,000 and the prod­uct is scarce in some places,” said the Chair­man of Liq­ue­fied Petroleum Gas re­tail­ers (LPGAR), Mr Chika Umudu.

He said that his mem­bers used to spend days at LPG plants to get their sup­ply, while many oth­ers had no sup­ply.

Mr Umudu said it was un­for­tu­nate that the price in­crease came at a time when many Nige­ri­ans adopted the use of clean en­ergy for do­mes­tic use.

The Gen­eral Man­ager, Ex­ter­nal Re­la­tions of Nige­ria Liq­ue­fied Nat­u­ral Gas Lim­ited, Dr Kudo Ere­sia Eke, said that the in­crease in price of cook­ing gas was caused by in­fra­struc­ture chal­lenges, adding that only two ter­mi­nals were ded­i­cated to the sup­ply of LPG in Nige­ria.

Photo: Gas to Health Ini­tia­tive

Cam­paign on the use of LPG by women at home.

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