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High Price Of Cooking Gas Forces Customers To Return To Firewood In Yola – Survey

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By Muhammad Auwal Adam

The high cost of cooking gas has forced many people to patronise firewood and charcoal, for domestic and business activities in Yola,

Energy market survey in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, revealed that cooking gas is now sold at N440 per Kilogramme.

According to the survey, many households and food vendors have migrated from using gas to firewood, due to the high price of the commodity.

A cross section of restaurant owners and households interviewed described the rise in the price of the commodity as worrisome.

Mrs Jummai Hassan, a Hotelier, in Jimeta, Yola North LGA said that she migrated from using gas, to firewood to run her kitchen business.

Mr. Mathias Audu, a restauranteur and roasted chicken seller also in Jimeta, Yola, said the price of the cooking gas forced him to start using firewood, as means for running his business.

Also, Hajia Halima Ismaila, a civil servant with Adamawa state government, said before the price increment, they spent about N5,000 naira monthly on cooking gas.

” But today, we are spending between N8,000 to N10,000 naira monthly on cooking gas alone, ” Ismail said.

When contacted over the situation, Alhaji Ibrahim Jada, state branch chairman, National Gas Dealers Association of Nigeria (NGDAN), said that on daily basis, they were losing customers due to the hike in price of the commodity.

Jada expressed worry that the increment of price of the cooking gas is alarming and seriously affecting their businesses.

” I know a lot of my customers who left gas to firewood, because of the high price.

” In fact, some of my customers, for more than three weeks, have abandoned their cylinders at our gas plant and did not come back to pick them.

“ Government need to do something urgent, and if such is allowed to continue, that means the aims have been defeated “. Jada said.

According to him, members of the association had experienced sharp and huge increment cost of the product from depots in Lagos.

Jada disclosed that some reasons behind the high cost of the commodity were attributed to the foreign exchange rate with Nigerian currency.

” In the last one week, we have experienced sharp increment cost of the product from depots, with about one million Naira increment.

” The cost of 20 metric tonnes of the commodity, as of last week Monday 5, July. was between six million naira to N6.2 million naira.

” The price of the product has risen to between N7.1 million to N7.2 million naira, per 20 Metric tonnes “. Jada said.

He said the cost of the product in Adamawa if compared with Lagos; where the commodity is being lifted, the price per Kilogramme was almost the same.

The Chairman lamented that the cost of transporting 20 metric tonnes of the product from Lagos to Yola was N1.1 million naira, which made the total cost to N8.3 million naira, equally affected landing cost.

He regretted that the product was even under sold in Yola, compared with other states in the country.

” The commodity is now sold at N440 per Kg in Yola, which translated that most of the gas plants are running the business at a loss, because they are making nothing out of it.

” And the way the price of the commodity is going up, no analysis has indicated that the price will come down.

” And if care is not taken by December 2021, the price may reach 40 per cent increase per kilogramme, which means a kilogramme of the product will be sold between N600 to N700 naira. ” he warned.

Speaking on the development, Mr. Sadeq Ibrahim, Operations Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Yola office, said he was not in the position to talk about cooking gas price.

” Sorry, l am not in a position to talk about price for cooking gas. The product is deregulated, therefore, l don’t have anything to say on deregulated products like cooking gas and even diesel.

” My only message to the consumers is, for them to go where they can get the commodity at a cheaper rate.” Ibrahim said.

When contacted, Dr. Abraham Yunusa, an Environmentalist and private Consultant, based in Yola, observed that the situation if allowed to continue unchecked, would affect government policy and programmes on environment protection and control.

Yunusa said the development may likely affect the government ‘Great Green Wall Project’ and cause massive destruction and forests devastation in the country.

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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements

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A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state

He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.

The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.

Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.

The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.

He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.

While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.

Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.

There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.

High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.

The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.

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Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria

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Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.

Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.

Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.

“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.

According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.

Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.

According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.

He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.

He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//

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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair

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The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.

This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.

The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.

Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.

The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.

Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.

The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.

In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.

In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.

Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.

Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.

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