Nigeria: Cooking gas


 

Nigeria is experiencing shortages of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which is mainly used for cooking.

This is despite the country having the largest natural gas reserves in Africa

The price of LNG rose by almost 60% between April and July, pushing it beyond the reach of many Nigerians.

As a result, households and businesses turned to much dirtier charcoal, or firewood, for cooking.


One of the reasons for the price hike is a global shortage in supply - the country still depends on imported LNG.

The situation is likely have been made worse by the depreciation of the currency and re-introduction of taxes on LNG.

Experts warn that the shortage could have alarming health and environmental implications, as people turn to cheaper but more dangerous fuel alternatives.

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