One of the most essential commodity found in the household of majority of Nigerians, has increased by 60 percent in Kaduna as Nigerian lament over price hike.
The price of Kerosene, an essential household commodity, has increased by 60 per cent in Kaduna, from N1,100 a gallon in December, 2016 to N1,600 in first week of January 2017.
Dealers of the product told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Friday, that the products suddenly became scarce and expensive, which was responsible for the sharp increase in the price.
One of the dealers, Joyful Adeyemi, told NAN that she bought kerosene in December, 2016 at N47, 000 a drum and sells a gallon between N1, 100 and N1, 200.
“Only for the price to increase to N72, 000 a drum as at yesterday. This change forced me to increase the price to N1, 600 a gallon; otherwise, I will be running at a loss.
“More so, the product is scarce. I had to part with extra money to be able to get the quantity I needed,” she said.
Another dealer, Sammy Bodam, said that patronage had drastically reduced due to the hike in the price.
A consumer, Jamila Abubakar, said that the sharp increase had made life very difficult for the common man and urged government to do something about it.
“If not because we do not have an option, nobody will use kerosene again. This is because firewood is equally expensive, difficult to use and environmentally unfriendly, coupled with the accompanying health risk.
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