Enugu—As Christmas approaches, kerosene consumers in Enugu State have called on the Federal Government to reduce the price of kerosine which should lessen the burden of common people.
Some of the consumers, who spoke on Monday, regretted that the price hike would worsen the hardship of the common man.
Mrs Philomina Nnamani, a food vendor at Ogui road, said her business was not as lucrative as it used to be when the price of kerosene was lower.
She said the business was more challenging now that she had resorted to using coal as an alternative to kerosene.
Nnamani said before the price increase, she used N1000 worth of kerosene to power her stoves.
She said that she would require more than N1,500 worth of kerosene to be able to prepare the same quantity of food daily.
“We find it so difficult because as we cook here every day we buy N1000 worth of kerosene.
We sell a plate of food for N150 here because most of our customers are students and they can’t afford to pay more. So we do not know what to do, it is affecting us.”
Mrs Martin Mbah, a house-wife, urged the Federal Government to reduce the cost of kerosene to enable housewives without jobs to afford it.
“I have to tell the government to know wetin dey go do about it because in Nigeria, everything is costly.
“So let them remove the kerosene price to come down because of us that do nothing.”
When contacted, Mr Chukwudi Ezinwa, the South East Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, said that the price increase was as a result of the proposed removal of fuel subsidy.
“We have been on hardship of kerosene for quite a number of months now but what made it to worsen now is because we want to remove subsidy.
“People who have their own try to hoard it for them to make more money when the subsidy most have been removed.”
An attendant at Avia Oil at Coal Camp, Enugu, Mr Peter Ibeh, said a litre of kerosene as at last week in the station was N90 but now costs N130.
At Avia Oil, a litre of kerosene went for N130 while at Pipeline Oil, Nike Road, Bontus Fuel Station at Artisan Market road and Wabeco Oil at Presidential Road, a litre sold for N120.