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Jos Residents Lament High Cost of Cooking Gas, Kerosene

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Jos Residents Lament High Cost of Cooking Gas, Kerosene

Residents of Jos have decried the high cost of cooking gas and kerosene which they said had inflicted much hardship on low income earners

Some of them, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday, stated that the cost of obtaining the two sources of domestic energy for cooking had doubled in the last two months.

Retailers of gas now refill the 12.5kg at N5,000, against the price of N4000 last month, while the 5kg cylinder now attracts N2,300, up from N1,500.

Mr Felix Job, a retailer at Angwan Acha, told NAN that the increase was as a result of the exchange rate of the dollar to the Naira.

He called for the intervention of the federal government, and expressed the fear that the price could go as high as N6500 for the 12.5kg, if nothing was done.

Martha Dongs, a user, said that she refilled her 12.5kg cylinder at the rate of N4300 in December but had to cough out N5000 last week.

“ I will resort to kerosene as my next option,”’she said.

Mr Peter Amine, a journalist with NAN, said that in December, he refilled his 12.5kg gas at the rate of N4000, but on Friday, it had risen to N5000.

Mr Baba Musa, another retailer, who lamented the rising cost of gas, blamed that on the Federal Government that was yet to make the refineries functional.

NAN reports that NNPC mega station still sells a refilled 12.5kg of gas at N4000, but only in exchange with their cylinder.

Our survey also revealed that Kerosene is sold at the rate of N250 per litre by private dealers, while NNPC sells at the rate of N150 per litre.

Some prospective kerosene buyers, who were on the queue at the NNPC mega station, however said that they had been on that queue for two days.

“We have been on the queue for two days, but the attendants prefer to sell to black market operators, after collecting tips from them,” an elderly woman, Madam Rebecca, said.

Fausat Adeyemi, another kerosene buyer, said that NNPC staff were not organised, pointing out that those on the queue were not more than 200.

“They are more interested in the black marketeers. They want tips,” she fumed.

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