The cold weather in Jos and Kanu state in Nigeria has forced residents to remain indoors as the weather increased its intensity on Wednesday and has only worsened since then.
Experts report shows that the temperature in Jos dropped to an average of 11 degrees Celsius in the evening, but sky-rocketed to 19 degrees during the day.
Most residents lament on the adverse effect of the extremely cold weather, which borders on their inability to go about their daily businesses.
Speaking to a resident by the name John Emeka, who’s a student, he narrated how difficult it is for him to get out of bed and prepare for his daily schedule.
“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.
Mrs Annette Akpan said she couldn’t help but wear “cold breakers” to keep herself warm against the blazing cold weather. She further encouraged her fellow low residents to do the same to avoid breaking down.
Yet another confirmation was from a trader at Terminus market, Mrs Ngozi Peters, who said the weather forced her to stay indoors so that she ends up opening her shop very late.
“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 assured.
Some of the negative effects of the cold weather are that the price of sweater and charcoal have gone higher as the demand for both commodities is fast rising in both states.
A seller who majors in second-hand sweaters, Musa Adamu, said the price has gone up and it’s as a result of the high demand for the wears because of the cold.