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Freezing weather forces Jos, Kano, Maiduguri residents indoors



Residents of Jos are lamenting the prevailing biting cold that has enveloped the city, saying the weather condition is disrupting their routine activities.

This is just as many residents of Kano on Thursday remained indoors following the intensity of the cold weather, which started on Wednesday night.

Daily Correspondents also garthered that Maiduguri city is also badly affected by the cold weather, with many in the city pitying IDPs, especially children and women, who live in makeshift camps.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that temperature in Jos dropped to an average of 11 degrees Celsius in the evening, but rises to about 19 degrees in the afternoon.

Some of the residents complained that the cold weather had disrupted their routine activities as they had to spend longer hours indoors.
A student, Mr. John Emeka, said it was difficult for him to get out of bed and prepare for his outings.

“As you can see, I am wearing a sweater and a very thick jacket and also tying a scarf on my head, hand gloves and socks to keep myself warm, having stayed indoors for many hours, ‘’ Emeka said.

Similarly, Mrs. Annette 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.”

A trader at Terminus market, Mrs. Ngozi Peters, said the inclement weather had compelled 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.

NAN reports that the cold weather had pushed up prices of second hand sweaters and jackets with the materials selling for between N2000 and N2500, as against the former N500 and N600, respectively.

A dealer in second-hand sweaters, Musa Adamu, blamed the price increase on the high demand for the wears because of the cold.

The report said that the sudden change in the weather condition also forced a lot of the residents to wear warm clothes in order to protect themselves from the chilly weather.
NAN also reports that the chilly weather had also forced many families to resort to using charcoal and firewood to warm their bodies as the weather became colder.

In Kano, the early morning hours of yesterday had recorded the coldest temperature, thereby forcing commercial tricycle operators to suspend operation as most of the streets in the ancient city had been deserted.

A resident of the city, Malam Bello Sani, 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.

“I have to go and buy charcoal at Sabon Gari market with which to use with my family to warm our bodies as the intensity of the weather is increasing,” he said.

Another resident, Alhaji Bashir Muhammad, told NAN that he had not been able to ride his motorcycle today (Thursday) due to the chilly weather condition.

Muhammad, however, expressed optimism that the cold would subside before the schools reopen within the next one week.

NAN also observed that tea sellers along the major roads were making brisk business as a result of the cold weather while residents continued to complain about the chilly weather which caught them unprepared.

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