“No More 14K For 12.5kg”: Nigerians React as Price of Cooking Gas Falls, Share Receipts
The drop in cooking gas prices in Nigeria has triggered reactions from Nigerians on social media.
According to reports, several Nigerians took to Twitter to display receipts of cooking gas purchased on June 1, 2023.
Nigerians display current prices of cooking gas on social media Credit: Kurgu128
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Cooking gas prices now falls to lowest in nine months
Per the receipts displayed by Wale Adebayo, a writer, the prices sold between N9,375 and N13,000 in May now go for N6,950 for 12.5kg of cooking gas.
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He wrote:“12.5kg of Cooking Gas in May – N9375, 12.5Kg of Cooking Gas in June – N6950. Maybe…just maybe…we should speak out when prices go down too. This feels good.”
Many Twitter users also shared the receipt in other contexts.
The development follows the removal of the petrol subsidy by President Bola Tinubu on the day of his inauguration.
Social media users said that the drop in the price of gas shows that petrol prices will crash with time as more marketers enter the market.
Why cooking gas prices fall
According to TheCable, the government does not subsidize cooking gas, meaning market forces determine the price.
Analysts have said the drop in the price of cooking gas is a supply-driven phenomenon.
BusinessDay reports that the average retail price for refilling a 12.5 kg cooking gas cylinder declined by 0.23 percent in February 2023, the first time in almost two years, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Data obtained from the NBS indicates that cooking gas prices fell last in May 2021, when the product was sold for N4288.95 per 12.5 kg.
According to the NBS, the average retail price declined from N10,277 in January to N10,253 last month. On a year-on-year basis, it rose by 38 percent from N7,447 in February 2022.
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