Following the lingering scarcity of cooking fuel for the Nigerian middle class and the upper lower class as well as the general economic hardship faced by the ordinary people, Abuja residents have resorted to the use of charcoal stove popularly known as Abacha stove.
Though environmentalists had frowned at the introduction of Abacha stove as apart from the emission, it required the felling of trees to make char coal to power the stove.
This has made the brand unpopular as it is cumbersome and not environmentally friendly, but the situation has forced residents of the FCT to be left without an option, but to start patronising Abacha stove.
Those who spoke with The AUTHORITY, said the economic hardship which started since last year has compelled them to discard the use of gas and kerosene stove for cooking. Some of them stated that they can no longer afford the present prices of kerosene and gas for cooking.
The price of cooking gas has gone up by over 80%. A 12.5 kg cylinder that sold for N3,000 and N3, 200 in some outlets has risen astronomically as only yesterday it was sold for N6,000 .00 and N6,500 at some outlets. Most customers at an outlet in Jikwoyi were seen going back with their empty cylinders as they could not afford the new price. An angry woman who would not give her name asked, how will we cope with all these? Businesses are closing down and salaries are not going up!
Another, a mother of two, Mercy Akoko said previously, price for a litre of kerosene was between N150 and N190 at filling stations, while its hawkers were selling as from N200, but “it has now increase to N500 and above per litre ,while some black marketers sell far above that price.
“How can I buy just a litre of kerosene for that amount and how will I cook daily for my family, especially with the very bad economy that makes one make very little money as petty business people, Akoko asked”.
She appealed to the authorities to look into the issue of cooking fuel so that the common man can feed.
A food vendor at Nasir el-Rufai Motor Park in Gwagwalada, Aisha Adamu also urged the present government to step up ways that could help overcome the pains the poor masses are going through.
A Yoruba (Amala) joint at mechanic garage, karu used to cook with gas but by Saturday they have resorted to abacha stoves as they said it was no longer beneficial to use gas, even though their jobs were made easy with gas.
The Abacha stove is a locally fabricated stove which uses charcoal as its fuel for cooking.
Similarly, a commercial motor cycle rider in Kugbo, under AMAC, who only identified himself as Elvis decried the economic pains, saying it has made the business too difficult as passengers prefer trekking from the junction, while returning from work.
He said most of them were getting frustrated because there is no other means of survival as they entered ‘Okada’ business as last resort.