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LPG users lament increase in prices

Many Ghanaians are struggling to afford the cost of re-filling their gas cylinders due to the increased prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Their efforts to minimise the cost of feeding by preparing their own food is being hampered by the excessively high cost of fuel such as the LPG.

At a time when the cost of food from the restaurant is hitting the roofs, many say their woes have been aggravated as they suffer to fill their cylinders for domestic cooking.

Two weeks ago, a resident of Alajo called Deborah, visited the gas station to buy GH¢90 worth of gas.

Filling a 14.5kg gas cylinder would cost her GH¢180 but she could only afford less than half of that.

The LPG had run out so she visited the filling station to fill it again but this time around, Deborah could only afford GH¢50 out of GH¢180 needed to fill her cylinder fully.

“If I want my cylinder to be full, I have to pay GH¢180; even the smallest size is going for about GH¢80. It never used to be so; it isn’t easy at all. I would have wished to fill my cylinder fully, but I don’t have enough money.

“The one we used at work cost us GH¢250 and that even lasts a week. If I don’t have money, I’d opt for charcoal,” she said in an interview on JoyNews’ Living Standard Series.

For her and others who have come to re-fill their cylinders, the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has become unbearably expensive and erratic.

In the last month, the price of LPG has increased at least three times.

“For a 14.5kg cylinder, someone would come to buy only GH¢50 of gas to fill it. I mean, how? It’s because of the price increase – the price is not stable. For instance, last month the 14.5kg was around GH¢148 but recently, it has increased to GH¢152.

As of October, 2021, one could refill a gas cylinder for about GH¢7.91 per kilogramme. This means a 14.5kg cylinder could cost a little over GH¢114 to refill.

However, the price per kilogramme in March this year saw more than 23% rise.

Consumers coughed out about GH¢142 to afford the same cylinder size – further price fluctuations last month has worsened the situation.

A pump attendant, Maxwell, explained why operations changed from the scale system to the pump system.

“When we were operating the scale system, the prices were fixed; it could not be adjusted. But we had to adopt the pump system, so those who cannot afford the increment can also buy.

Sharing the cost of buying the commodity is a smart survival mode for the likes of Prince, a student at the Ghana Technology University.


Source: Joy Business News

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