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Nigeria suspends cooking gas export in bid to crash prices

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The Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday announced the immediate suspension of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) exports, in a move aimed at curbing the rising cost of cooking gas.

Ekperikpe Ekpo, the minister of state for petroleum resources, announced the suspension of LPG exportation during an “Internal Stakeholders’ Workshop” held in Abuja.

He said the move is part of a strategic effort to boost the availability of LPG within the domestic market and alleviate the financial burden on consumers due to surging prices.

Ekpo revealed there are ongoing discussions with critical stakeholders, including the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, as well as major operators like Mobil, Chevron, and Shell.

According to him, the discussions are aimed at collaboratively addressing challenges faced by consumers and ensuring a more stable and affordable cooking gas market.

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The minister emphasized the importance of halting the exportation of locally produced LPG, intending to keep the entire production within the country.

He added that by doing so, the government anticipates an increase in the volume available for the domestic market, potentially leading to a reduction in prices and providing relief to consumers grappling with the high cost of cooking gas.

“There is that hope that things will turn around. We don’t need to make noise about it,” he said.

Chronicle NG reports that the economic hardship has made Nigerians miserable as the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), commonly known as cooking gas, skyrocketed to N1,300 per kilogramme early this month.

This sharp increase, up from less than N500 in 2018, sent shockwaves through households nationwide, adding another layer of burden to an already strained population, Business Day reported.

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