Hardship: cooking gas price increases by 61%

The National Bureau of Statistics has revealed that the price of 12.5kg of cooking gas rose by 61 per cent to N9,906 in September 2022 from N6,165 in September 2021.

The revelation was made in NBS report on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (cooking gas) Price Watch for September 2022, according to a report by Punch.

In its state profile analysis, the bureau stated that Cross River recorded the highest average retail price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder of the product with N10,937, followed by Kogi with N10,760 and Oyo with N10,724.

Conversely, the lowest average price was recorded in Yobe with N8,350, followed by Katsina and Taraba with N8,545 and N9,026 respectively.

Analysis by zone showed that the South-West recorded the highest average retail price for refilling a 12.5kg cylinder with N10,320, followed by the South-South with N10,202, while the North-East recorded the lowest price with N9,300.

Due to rising prices, coupled with the recent force majeure announcement by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, the Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers cautioned Nigerians against panic buying.

Its President, Oladapo Olatunbosun, made the appeal in a statement against the backdrop of NLNG’s declaration of force majeure on its gas facility due to flood.

Olatunbosun said cooking gas consumers should not panic about a possible scarcity of the product as a result of the force majeure

“Based on information reaching the association, the NLNG has not shut down its production facility in Bonny as rumoured,” he stated.