Aba – Many residents of Aba, the commercial hub of Abia, have resorted to using firewood, charcoal and sawdust for cooking, following a sharp rise in the price of kerosene.
Investigations showed that kerosene cost between N150 and N180 per litre in the city and its environs.
Further investigation showed that the commodity is only available at independent marketersâ€™ service stations, while major marketers displayed â€œNo keroseneâ€ signs at the entrances of their outlets.
A cross-section of residents, who spoke on the situation, described the sharp rise in the price of the product as â€œoutrageous and beyond the reach of an average Nigerian.â€
An Aba-based journalist, Mr Okey Sampson, who resides at Ogbor Hill, said that the product sold for N150 per litre in the area. â€œIt has never been this bad,â€™â€™ he said.
Mrs. Caroline Njoku, a primary school teacher, said that many families in Obohia Road, a sprawling, densely populated suburb of the city â€œnow use firewood, condemned planks and sawdust, as stop-gap measure.â€
The duo, however, noted that the hike in the price of kerosene had resulted in a marginal increase in the price of firewood, and called for the quick intervention of the relevant governmentÂ authorities.
At Ngwa Road, a bunch of firewood, which formerly cost N250, sold for between N280 and N300.
Mr Earnest Okoro, a firewood dealer, however, said that there was â€œno substantial increase in the demand for firewood and charcoal.â€