Ado Ekiti residents, on Friday, complained bitterly about the recent increase in the price of cooking gas, saying the government should do something about it.
Segun Adekunle, a resident in the state capital, in an interview, said the hike in the price of cooking gas was quite alarming, especially given the fact that there was no reason for the increase.
He questioned how the price of cooking gas could have gone from N3,000 to N7,000 for a 12.5kg cylinder in the span of months, saying that the development had added to the problems facing the residents of Ado Ekiti, as he has now moved to using firewood and charcoal for cooking.
”Cooking with firewood is dangerous to health,” he, however, complained.
A trader and resident, Bunmi Ajisafe, expressed worry over the continuous hike in the price of cooking gas, noting that it had worsened the economy of her family.
She said she was surprised at the heavy increase in the price of everything these days, not only gas.
”It is so frustrating that you are not sure of the next price you would meet when you go to the market. I am really worried and surprised. I thought Nigeria was a country with abundance of gas,” she said.
She appealed to the Federal Government to do something about it, otherwise, she said, she might resolve to using kerosene stove, charcoal or firewood.
A civil servant, Tope Ogunfowokan, said citizens were yet to bounce back from the COVID-19 hardship, which crippled many businesses and left many without jobs.
She said that she remembered there was a time the Federal Government was campaigning for citizens to key into cooking with gas.
”And most people did nothing to that effect, but people gradually keyed into it, then comes the present gas situation; it is frustrating and unimaginable and government should intervene,” she said.
A gas dealer, Michael Ogunsakin, said that he did not want to say too much but that the whole hike simply had to do with the government.