By Gabriel Ewepu
ABUJA— FOLLOWING recent rise in kerosene price from N320 to N500 per litre in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, residents have resorted to charcoal as alternative fuel for cooking.
Vanguard gathered that the rise, according to some residents, came as a shock to them after the Christmas and New Year celebrations and as they also hoped that 2017 will be a year of relief from the pain of recession in 2016.
A private health practitioner in Kabusa, a suburb of Abuja, Mrs Dimie Thompson, said the hike in price by marketers and retailers had made her to abandon the kerosene stove for charcoal.
She said: “I used to buy kerosene N320 per litre, which was also high but I still bought it for cooking. On Saturday I was told by the seller that the product was now N400 per litre.
“I was really shocked. I considered the challenges in the family and decided to buy charcoal and ‘coal pot stove’ for cooking.”
A teacher, Abigail John, who lives in Mpape, Bwari Area Council of Abuja, said kerosene in their area now goes for N500 per litre and she had resorted to charcoal.
“I cannot afford the price of kerosene now, which a litre goes for N500. I am now using charcoal to prepare our meal. I don’t know where we are heading to in this country,” John said.
A business woman and resident of Gidan-Mangro, a suburb of Abuja, Chinwe Felix, said the kerosene situation had become frustrating and people were finding it difficult to buy the commodity at N500 per litre.
She said: “It is very frustrating as a woman, wife and mother the situation of kerosene.
“Many of us are frustrated here in Gidan-Mangro community over the new price of kerosene, which is now going for between N450 and N500 per litre.
“What will those in the villages in the states do about this increase? It will further compound the hardship they are facing.”