Fuel expenses surpass food in Nigerian households. The incessant fuel scarcity and the attendant hike in pump price has brought untold hardship in Nigerian homes. Now, the average household spends more on fuel than on food. This much they revealed to ENCOMIUM Weekly when our reporters engaged them on the matter.
They bared their hearts to us as they recapped their ordeal spending more on fuel than food…
I usually spend more on fuel than food because it is not possible for me to eat N500 food daily. Whereas I spend at least N5,000 to fuel my car.
Even before the issue of fuel scarcity started, I bought fuel more than anything. The reason is because I use it for my generator at home, I use for my car and also my generator in the office. Just that the ongoing fuel scarcity makes me to spend double of what I used to spend.
I do not spend more on fuel than food. I sell food stuff and even if I stay in shop till 9pm, I am always with my rechargeable lamps. I don’t use generator in the shop and I use it once in a while at home.
Fuel, for me, is a necessity. I run a laundry business and the best way to avoid disappointing my customers is to be on generator because power distributors can be very funny.
I spend more on fuel than food. Imagine where I spend N5,000 everyday on fuel and I’ve not spent N5,000 per week on my family. It is annoying but we don’t have a choice.
MRS. OLANIYI ABIBAT
I have been thinking about that also. I spend more on fuel than food because I will buy fuel for generator (home and shop), also for my car. All that cost me N15,000 per week and I never spent such amount on food for my family.
I don’t spend on fuel than food because things are costly now. I prefer to buy food than fuel.
I spend more on food than fuel because I don’t have a car and I buy N700 or N1,000 fuel for my generator and it is not every time. But I eat every day. So, I spend more on food than fuel.
I spend on fuel than food. Now that fuel is N150, N200 per litre and I still spend on it because I don’t have a choice, I work on the island and I fuel my car and generator. Per day, I spend like N6,000 but for food, I spend N500 per day, imagine.
MRS. AJIBOLA ABIGAIL
I think it’s a normal thing because there is no way you spend up to N10,000 on food. But fuel, you will spend more than that. I don’t think about that anymore, I have turned it to normal process.
-SHURURAT ALIMI, OLUWAFEMI SOEWU and AZEEZAT KAREEM