Hike in prices of cooking fuel unsettles Benin residents

Residents of Benin, the Edo capital, on Thursday lamented the recent hike in the prices of liquefied petroleum gas (cooking gas) and kerosene in the state.
Some of the residents, described the hike as devastating, coupled with the high prices of food items in the country.
They said the situation had forced them to begin to look for charcoal and firewood as substitutes.
A price survey conducted by the agency’s correspondent in Benin showed that a litre of kerosene which sold for N250 at some filling stations in June now sells for N350.
However, some retailers in Benin metropolis now sell a litre of the commodity to consumers between N380 and N400.
Similarly, the filling of a 12.5kg cylinder with cooking gas has now increased from N5, 625 in June to between N6, 875 and N7, 500.
Mrs Priscilla Emeka, a cooking gas retailer at Ikpoba Hill, Benin, described the increment in the price of the commodity as unfriendly, adding that it had negatively affected patronage.


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