From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Acute power outage has caused scarcity of ice block in Kano state, prompting supply of the commodity from neighbouring Kaduna state and which caused an increase of its price.
Our reporter gathered that as a result of power blackout that hit the commercial city for almost a week, residents are finding it difficult to get ice blocks for refreshment because of the present hot weather and only manage to buy them at a higher price.
Many residents who spoke to our reporter lamented that as the month of Ramadan is approaching, the demand of ice block would be much higher if the problem of power blackout persist, and as such, people might suffer during the period, because the ice blocks would still be scarce.
Idrisu Ado, an ice block seller along Court Road, in Kano metropolis, told our reporter that the price of the ice block has skyrocketed, from N50 to N200 per block due to its scarcity as a result of shortage in electricity supply in the state.
Ado, who lamented the situation, said that the ice blocks had to be supplied from Kaduna state in order to cater for the demands of thousands of the need in the commercial city, adding that most times, the ice blocks were not fully frozen.
“This power blackout has caused us a serious problem. The commodity is scarce, to the extent that we receive its supply from Kaduna and ironically were not fully frozen. Demand of the commodity could also go higher as the Ramadan season is very close, if the problem continues, people would suffer even as this hot weather, they would need to brake fast with cold drinks.”
Speaking, Hajiya Usaina, said “I am surprised at the way price of the ice has gone up so quickly because I bought it at N70 day before yesterday. But we don’t have alternative but to buy at this price because we need it much in this weather.” She said
The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), announced on radio stations that the blackout was as a result of shortage of gas from the power plant, while apologizing to residents on the inconveniences the problem had caused.