Cold temperature: Charcoal, warm clothing sellers make huge sells in Jos

Sellers of charcoal, sweaters and other hard clothing in Plateau state said they are experiencing high patronage as a result of the freezing weather in Jos and other parts of the state.

Blueprint correspondent, reports that although the freezing weather has significantly gone down, People still patronised charcoal and ‘second hand’ hard clothing to keep warm.

A visit to charcoal selling points revealed that People still trooped to make purchases.

 Malam Bashiru Musa, a seller of charcoal said they sell dozens of bags per day.

“It has been long years that we have not witnessed cold weather in Jos like this year and so we have made good sales, and People are still coming to buy. The demand is actually high,” he said.

Malam Bashir said prices of the products varies from N1,800 to N1400 depending on the quality a buyer wants.

“People buy a bag of Marke at N1,800, a bag of Dorawa is sold at N1400, at most,” he said.

When asked about the hazard of using charcoal indoor, he said there is a charcoal type that is toxic, saying they don’t sell that type.

“There are three types of woods, out of which charcoal are made, Marke is the best of them, then Dorawa and the worst is Gwaska which has high toxic,”

Similarly, at the Katako market, many People still patronised body warmer jackets, joggers and sweaters.

Alhaji Sani SG, a second hand cloth dealer, said: “Demand is high and we are making huge sales every day.

“You can see these People coming from different areas of Plateau state and other Northern States, to buy,” he added.

Some of the buyers who spoke with Blueprint said they patronise the products to protect themselves from the hash freezing weather.

Mrs. Hadiza Ahmad said she uses charcoal, for both cooking and keeping her room warm.

 “Though the cold has reduced, but I am here to buy another bag, because we expect that the cold might still come since we are still in early January.

“I am very conscious of how I make use of it, I never used it in the room until it burnt completely and it help in keeping room very warm,” she said.

Similarly, Mr. Josiah John said he buys second hand clothes and  jackets for himself and his children “in order to warm and protect our bodies.”