Nigeria: Gas Scarcity Persists in Lagos, Kano, Others As Price Remains Unstable

Nigerians have continued to experience scarcity of Liquefied Natural Gas or cooking gas, shooting up prices across the country, findings by Daily Trust have shown.

The scarcity and the high cost of the product have been reported in Lagos, Kano, Maiduguri, among others.

Gas dealers have, however, assured that the scarcity is temporary as it was triggered by the faulty vessel that was supposed to supply the product to Lagos terminals.

The situation has seen some terminals ration supply with several filling stations not dispensing.

Checks across filling stations and retail outlets in parts of Lagos State indicated that only few of them were dispensing the product with varied prices.

At Iyana Ipaja, our correspondent visited two retail gas stations with only one of them dispensing.

At Petrocam Station at Ile-Epo, Oke Odo, it was observed that a 12.5kg cylinder was still being sold at N12,000 yesterday, but the product was not available.

One of the attendants told our correspondent the station was still awaiting supply from the terminal even though many people had queued with their cylinders.

In Kano, our correspondent reports that the scarcity has been persistent even as a kilogramme is being sold for N1,300 in some of the stations.

Speaking with our correspondent, a retailer Abubakar Aliyu, said, “The Cooking gas is scarce even though whenever I go out to source for it I hardly come back empty because at times I buy it directly from the company and the only thing is that when it is scarce they used to tell us that there is scarcity of gas so that we can demand for another supply.”

On his part Adamu Abdullahi, who is also a retailer, said, “Honestly, we are experiencing cooking gas scarcity compared to a few days back. Now when we go to the company it takes us longer to get there and we have to join the queue from morning till evening before we can get any supply.

The manager of Bilkaka Oil & Gas Plant, Auwal Umar Baba, said: “It is true that there is gas scarcity considering the fact that even in Lagos where we are buying it, it is also not readily available. This could be because of the forex crisis.

In Maiduguri, Borno State Capital, the cooking gas scarcity is affecting many households.