Kerosene Adulteration in Nigeria: Causes and Effects

LAWAL, Yekini Olawaiye (2011) Kerosene Adulteration in Nigeria: Causes and Effects. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES, 2 (4). pp. 1-6. ISSN 2156-1540, 2151-1559

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Kerosene is a combustible hydrocarbon liquid which is distilled in modern refineries as one of the numerous products of crude petroleum oil. Its chemical characteristics make it a versatile product in usage. In Nigeria, it is the main fuel used for cooking and lighting especially by the majority of the poor citizens as an alternative to electricity and gas. Kerosene scarcity is a serious problem in Nigeria. Scarcity was caused mainly by; inadequate importation of the product and its diversion from domestic uses to other areas. Kerosene scarcity has led to kerosene adulteration which has become prevalent in Nigeria. Kerosene adulteration could be deliberate or inadvertent. Most kerosene adulteration was for economic gains. Kerosene subsidy has also encouraged kerosene diversion. Kerosene adulteration had been implicated in all the kerosene explosions that were recorded in Nigeria. Each time such explosion occurred, several persons were brought to death and several hundreds of victims were incapacitated or disfigured. The paper concluded that subsidy is injurious to the Nigerian economy and therefore recommended the removal of all petroleum product subsidies and the liberalization of all the downstream activities in the petroleum industry and that government should provide the enabling environment for the industry to thrive and attract private investors in the productive sector of the Nigerian economy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kerosene, Adulteration, Explosion, Subsidy, Scarcity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Management
Depositing User: Mrs Oluwafunmilola Bankole
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 11:37
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 11:37

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