A woman cooking with firewood Source: Economist/NAN

By Rashidat Akashat With Agency Reports

Some Residents of Markurdi have decided to go economical by going back to firewood since cooking has been made almost unaffordable from hike in cost of cooking gas and kerosene.

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According to NAN, the residents said the cost of buying these cooking items have become really expensive in recent times compared to their poor earnings.

Residents Opt For Firewood Against Expensive Cooking Fluid

They however added that firewood is less expensive than both cooking fluids.

NAN stated that retailers of gas now refill the 12.5kg at N 5, 500 against the old cost of N 4000, While 5kg cylinder cost N 3, 500 against its old cost of N 1400.

A gas retailer at Wadata Mrs Msughshima told NAN that the increase was a resultant devaluation of naira over the dollar.

Wever called on the intervention of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), and Federal Government to act fast before the situation becomes unbearable.

Sewuese Azer, a business woman said the product was scarce, that even if it was made available at it’s current price, she cannot afford it.

“I opted for firewood long ago, I am a farmer too,I don’t even buy firewood, I pick them in the farm, no cost implication,” she said.

Matina Ashever, a gas user, said that her 2kg cylinder was refilled at the rate of N1600 in December, but inquired to buy in January and was told it was N2500.

“I have resorted to firewood as my next option. I wash my pots with potash and sand; its clean, it is also cost effective, ” she said.

Firewood Merchant Enjoys Business Boom

In view of the downturn, Mr Terver Akisa, a firewood merchant, told NAN that his business was booming with high patronage since the New Year.

“Most customers murmur and complain about the prices of gas and kerosene whenever they come to buy firewood,” Akisa said.

NAN reports that mega gas distributors, the NNPC mega station, AUSTOMA Gas and NEXIM gas plants had various signposts indicating there was no gas.