The ANAEDOONLINE has learned that the cost of 12.5kg of liquefied natural gas, also known as cooking gas, has climbed to N12,500 as Nigeria marks its 63rd year of independence.
Our correspondent conducted a market survey, and the results showed that gas sellers had abruptly raised prices for 12.5kg in Lagos from the N10,000 reported toward the month’s end to almost N12,000.
The Anaedoonline had previously reported that Olatunbosun Oladapo, President of the Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers, had issued a warning that, if the Federal Government did not restrain the activities of the terminal owners, the price of 12.5kg of cooking gas may rise to N18,000 by December.
However, despite the warning, Olatunbosun told The Reports on Monday, that the government was yet to wade into the crisis.
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“Yes, the price is now N1,000 per kilogram but the government is yet to step in despite a meeting we had with the NMDPRA,” he said.
According to him, gas retailers still buy 20 metric tons of gas for N14m at the depot.
“We still buy a 20 MT truck at N14m at the depots. And the price of diesel has increased that it now costs N1.7m to take gas from Lagos to the North due to the high cost of diesel. If we sell here at N1,000 per 1kg, just imagine how much it would cost in the Middle East and North.
“What we pray for is for prices to come down so that the ordinary masses can benefit from the decade of gas policy of the Federal Government that seeks to make gas accessible and affordable for the common man.”
The Reports had in September, reported how terminal owners jerked up the price of cooking gas from between N9m-N10m per 20 metric tons to N14m.
“There is a ridiculous hike in gas prices going on right now, and I am afraid that if the Federal Government does not step in to checkmate the activities of these terminal owners, price could reach as high as N18m for a 20 metric tons truck by December. This means that a 12.5kg could go as high as N18,000,” he had told The REports
According to him; terminal owners were “hiding under the guise of high foreign exchange to increase price, and further increase the suffering of the masses,” he said.
Although gas terminal owners do not have a visible association, spokespersons for NavGas, Friday Agwu, and Nipco Plc, Askay Kumar, did not respond to enquiries by The Reports.
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