Nigerians Shift To Charcoal, Sawdust, Others As Cooking Gas Prices Soar
NIGERIANS are beginning to shift to dirty fuels such as sawdust and charcoal as the prices of cooking gas, also known as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), continue to rise.
The price of LPG in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) increased from an average of N4,800 for a 12.5kg cylinder in June to about N7500-N8000 in October.
In Lagos, two persons who bought gas between early and mid-October said they paid N6,400 and N7,200 respectively. The price was below N5,000 in June, they said.
The 10.5 kg of gas costs N6,300 to N6,500 in Abuja. Same in Lagos.
A resident of Port Harcourt Johnson Wogu said he bought 10.5kg at N6,000 in late September 2021.
Acccording to warnings by gas marketers, the 12.5kg of gas is likely to cost N10,000 in the coming weeks.
Sarah Adejo, who lives in Piwoyi, Abuja, told The ICIR that she had newly acquired a charcoal stove with which she prepares food that consumes more gas such as beans.
“I don’t cook beans with gas anymore. I bought a charcoal stove and I use it to cook food that takes time to cook, like beans,” she said.
Yetunde Alade is a mother of three who lives in Mpape. She is considering the same option as Adejo and said it had been difficult keeping up with the steady increase in the price of the product.
A caterer Ebere Onyeali told The ICIR that she had resorted to use of charcoal for her cooking, stressing that most of her customers would not be able to pay beyond N400 per plate of food if she decided to raise the price.
“Charcoal is cheaper for me. The only difference is that I have to wake up very early to cook because charcoal takes time to get the food done.”
She urged the government to come up with incentives to ensure that price of gas was affordable to the common man.
Pape, Abuja-based Usman Aliyu, said he had moved to sawdust, which he could easily acquire with N1,000.
Tochukwu Ezemba, a resident of Onitsha in Anambra State, said his family now uses kerosene stoves, which it had abandoned five years ago.
“We use kerosene stoves now. We also have a ‘saw dust stove.’ The problem with them, however, is that they waste a lot of time. Also, the sawdust stove emits a lot of smoke.”