12.5kg cooking gas now costs N12,500

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Reports have shown that the price of 12.5kg of Liquefied Natural Gas or cooking gas has increased to N12,500 as Nigeria celebrates her 63rd Independence anniversary.

Market survey reports revealed that gas retailers had jerked up prices of 12.5kg from N10,000 reported towards the end of last month, to around N12,500 in Lagos.

The President, Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers, Olatunbosun Oladapo, warned that the price of 12.5kg cooking gas could hit as high as N18,000 by December if the Federal Government did not checkmate the activities of the terminal owners.

However, despite the warning, Olatunbosun told The PUNCH on Monday, that the government was yet to wade into the crisis.

“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 PUNCH had in September, reported how terminal owners jerked up the price of cooking gas from between N9m-N10m per 20 metric tons to N14m.

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Francis Ogwo
The young and goal driven writer and cinematographer started his journalism as a print journalist in Kaduna in 2005 writing for Kaduna Chronicles Newspapers, Liberator Newspapers where he became the South Bureau Chief. In 2008, he moved into TV production with an employment into Siverbird Television and Rhythm Fm as a Correspondent. He got certified by Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria(ITPAN) in 2009. After five years of hardwork and training, he was employed as Associate Producer, Moments With Mo and subsequently Producer, Playground on HipTV. Francis currently majors in documentaries and high profile scripts for news and movies. He is currently a Senior Contents Producer at News Central TV

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