Consumers of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) known as cooking gas have complained about the sudden increase in the price of the commodity.
Some of the consumers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja that the price of the product was outrageous, considering the current situation in the country.
The price of refilling the 12.5kg cooking gas cylinder had been between N3,200 and N3,500 for a very long time but suddenly the price had gone up to between N4,000 and N4,500, while the camping gas cylinder which was N1,500 was now N2,500.
Mrs Perpetua Nwaigwe, a housewife, told NAN that the increase in price was an additional hardship to many families.
She added that “I used to buy the 12.5kg of gas for N3,000 and it lasts for three weeks or even up to one month.
In the last three years, the price had been stable, cheaper and easier to get than kerosene.
But last week, I went to the gas plant to refill my cylinder and I was asked to pay N4,500; its really crazy.”
She said it was unfortunate that prices of goods kept increasing on daily basis and consumers had to bear the brunt.
Madam Amina Yusuf, a trader, said she decided to buy what her money could get for her by switching to charcoal for her cooking.
She sad “my husband managed to buy a small gas when the price of kerosene became too high and I was happy but now that the price of gas is also up, we have to find alternative.
The small gas we used to fill with N1,500 is now N2,500; we cannot afford that.”
She then called on government to look into the situation and help to reduce the sufferings of ordinary Nigerians.
He said “I am aware that we do not import gas, so, I really surprise the way the price has been going up.”
Commenting on the situation, Mr Denis Onovo, the Manager of Denco Gas plant told NAN that the increase in the price was not because of scarcity.
He said “we were told that only one ship was allowed to offload product at the port as against three that it used to be.