With the increase in the price per kilogramme of cooking gas in Nigeria to N500, residents of Osun State have started to complain about the hardship that it will impose on them.
This is even as they complained that the increase in cooking gas price, which has been unstable in recent months, has begun to impact negatively on their standard of living.
BBNAIJA ONLINE” gathered from residents that they are being forced to rethink their position and switch to a cheaper substitute if the current price is not stable or reduced.
Speaking with BBNAIJA ONLINE”, Zainab Adekoya, a restauranteur stated that at the beginning of the year, she filled her gas cylinder at a retail depot for between N300 and N350.
She stated also that before March, the price rose to N350 and then N400.
“Before the Islamic festival, the price rose to N450 and then N500. Most of us thought the price would reduce after the celebration but to our dismay, it remained the same after.
“This is why our services have increased too. As our customers are feeling the pinch, we also take the hit first,” she said.
Another resident, Jamiu Abdulmaliq, told our correspondent that to fill a 6kg cylinder costs N3,000 while for a 12.5kg cylinder, the price is as high as N6,000 depending on the location.
“The sad thing is that we also discover the gas burns faster than before these days.
“When we discovered this, we had to supplement with an electric stove in order to save cost,” he said.
He lamented that electricity bill is another consumer of funds but that he preferred to pay more for electricity consumption if it is available than to refill another 12.5kg of cooking gas in a matter of weeks.
Pelumi Adejuyigbe stated that her reason for opting for cooking gas was that kerosine became an option not affordable to the masses again adding that cooking gas became an option because it was cheaper and easier to handle.
She worried that with the increase, many that could not afford the N300 per kilogramme would have to resort to cooking with wood or charcoal.
Meanwhile, a cooking gas retailer, Adekola Adetayo confirmed that the price of cooking gas per kilogramme is N500.
While stating that the price of cooking gas cylinders has increased, he disclosed that from wholesalers, a 3kg cylinder sells for N9,000 while that of 12.5kg sells for N16,000.