Research has shown that terminal owners increased prices of Liquefied Natural Gas or cooking gas by 60 per cent in the month of October alone.
Market survey carried out revealed that as of the beginning of the month, the price of 20 metric tons of cooking gas at the terminal was N10 million.
However, as of October 20, price had risen to N14 million per 20 metric tons.
A circular obtained by The PUNCH on Sunday showed that price had risen to N16 million per 20 metric tons as of Saturday, 21, October 2023; representing a 66 per cent rise in price within the space of one month.
According to the circular issued at exactly at 3:45PM on Saturday by one Allamin Daggash who The PUNCH found to be the marketing manager at Algasco/NAVGAS, showed that a metric ton of cooking gas was to be sold at N800,000 to gas retailers with immediate effect.
A breakdown of the circular translated that if one metric ton of cooking gas was N800,000, then, it translated to N16 million per 20 metric ton.
Daggash blamed the increase on depreciation in foreign exchange and increase in price at the international market.
“Effective immediately, Ex-Navgas price is N800,000/mt. This is because of the continuous depreciation in FX & increase in international price on product. Payment made after this communication will be recapped at the new price,” the circular stated.
Further findings by The PUNCH revealed that; unlike the claim by Daggash that price increment was caused by foreign exchange depreciation and increasing price at the international market; 70 per cent of cooking gas consumed in Nigeria is being supplied by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited.
According to the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, domestic consumption of cooking gas exceeded 1 million MT in 2020. It said the consumption rate made 2020 the first year in the nation’s history when LPG consumption reached the 1 million MT thresholds.
The PUNCH also found that NLNG currently sells 20MT of cooking gas to marketers for N9m.
Head, Media Relations and Corporate Communication, NLNG, Anne-Marie Palmer-Ikuku, did not respond to enquiry email sent to her on whether or not the company still supplies the market for terminal owners to have blamed hike in prices on FX and international market price.
President, the Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers, Oladapo Olatunbosun confirmed the development to The PUNCH on Sunday.
“Terminal owners did not import any product so how could they attribute this round of increase in prices to FX and price at international market? I can authoritatively tell you that the last consignment they sold was supplied by NLNG, and another consignment by same NLNG is currently on the way to be delivered to the terminal.
“Depot owners want to impoverish Nigerians, and want to make the government look bad. Now the retail price has reached N1,200 per kilogram. How can the common man survive this? This is pure exploitation because as soon as they even make the money; they would ship it out of Nigeria because they don’t have their families here. They are foreigners who just use Nigeria as an avenue where they can make quick money and send it to their countries for investment,” Olatunbosun told The PUNCH on Sunday.
Although the NLNG claims to supply 100 per cent of its cooking gas to the Nigeria market, reports broke in January that as of 2022; the company was able to deliver only 40 per cent of Nigeria’s demand, representing 400, 000 tons of LPG. The 60 per cent shortfall was then imported by marketers.
Source: The Punch