- Residents of Jos and Kano have been forced to stay indoors for long hours due to a very chilly weather
- Many of the residents said they have resorted to using charcoal fire to stay warm indoors
- The development also has an economic side effect as the prices of second-hand sweaters and jackets rose up to N2000 and N2500 from N500 and N600
As harmattan breeze permeates through Nigeria's weather, residents of Jos and Kano have been forced to remain indoors, with their normal daily routine activities disrupted.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the residents of the two cities lamented the intensity of the cold weather which reportedly started on Wednesday night, January 1.
Legit.ng gathered that Jos' temperature dropped to an average of 11 degrees Celsius on Wednesday evening, but rises to about 19 degrees in the afternoon.
Some residents of the Plateau state capital complained that the cold weather had disrupted their routine activities as they had to spend long hours indoors.
John Emeka, Annette Akpan and Ngozi Peters who are residents of Jos spoke to NAN about their experience.
Emeka, who is a student, said the cold weather is making it difficult for him to get out of bed and has been forced to stay indoors for many hours.
Ms Akpan said she resorted to wearing “cold breakers” to shield herself from the adverse weather and advised fellow residents to do likewise so as not to “break down.”
Ms Peters, who is a trader in the city, said the weather had forced her to open her shop late in the morning.
“This cold is too severe and that is why I stay indoors for many hours before setting out to the market; my health first before any other thing,” Peters said.
The cold weather has also caused an increase in the prices of second-hand sweaters and jackets with the materials selling for between N2000 and N2500, as against the former N500 and N600, respectively.
The chilly weather had also forced many families to resort to using charcoal and firewood to warm their bodies as the weather became colder.
Also, in the northern city of Kano, residents woke up to a very chilly temperature which forced commercial tricycle operators to suspend operation as most of the streets in the ancient city had been deserted.
Malam Bello Sani, who is a resident of the city, said he had not been able to come out in the morning as he used to due to the sudden cold weather in the city.
According to him, Kano metropolis recorded a low temperature of 7°C on Wednesday night, which is colder than London at 9°C on the same night.
Many residents of the city said they resorted to using charcoal fire to warm their bodies. The chilly weather has also reportedly improved the tea selling business in the ancient city.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, announced the payment of the new minimum wage for civil servants in the state.
Ganduje on Wednesday, January 1, said the Kano state government would pay its workers N30,600 with effect from December 2019.
A statement by the commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, said the governor since the commencement of negotiation process between the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the FG had indicated his administration’s readiness to pay the restructured minimum wage.
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