Firewood Vendors Show Record Sales
By: Agency Report
Firewood sellers in Hadejia, Jigawa, are recording huge sales due to high demand of the commodity in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that scarcity and high cost of kerosene and other sources of energy have compelled most families to rely on firewood for domestic use.
Firewood that is usually outsourced from tree felling, is a popular commodity among the residents due to its cheaper prices, in spite of its negative impacts on the environment.
NAN checks in Hadejia showed that high cost of kerosene, coupled with its growing demand, attracted many people into the trade.
A litre of kerosene is sold at N175 at the `black market’ outlets while prices of firewood have also shot up by about 50 per cent in the last few weeks.
A bunch of firewood is sold at N100 as against N50, while a measure of charcoal sells for N150 as against its previous price of N100.
Malam Aminu Dauda, a firewood vendor, said the trade was lucrative, adding that vendors were enjoying appreciable patronage.
“I am making good sales; prices will further go up as the cold season sets in,” Dauda said.
Alhaji Muntari Buhari, a resident, said he used firewood due to its cheaper prices, in spite of its cumbersome processes.
“Unlike kerosene, firewood is cheaper and readily available,” Buhari said.
Mr Ahmed Abubakar, an environmentalist, decried indiscriminate felling of trees, saying that the trend was depleting forest resources and ravaging the ecosystem.
Abubakar said urgent measures were necessary to check the trend, to control desert encroachment, erosion and protect the environment.
He urged the Federal Government to adopt practical measures to ensure adequate distribution of kerosene and development of alternative sources of energy at the grassroots.
NAN reports that hundreds of hectares of forest resources have been depleted through tree felling in spite of the desert encroachment ravaging the area. (NAN)