By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
There are indications that prices of food items are on the rise in the market.
A survey by our reporter shows that the price of a measure of garri has risen from N250 to N350, while that of local rice has risen from N380 to N450 in some markets.
Prices of daily needs like toiletries, like soap and toothpaste have also gone up, big Close-up has risen from N250 to N400, while Oral B has gone from N280 to N450.
Prices of vegetables have also gone up.
Traders spoken to attributed the rise to charges paid for transportation as according to them, transporters complain of bad roads and extortion by security operatives.
Mr. Daniel Larry who deals in all variety of food stuff did not hesitate to attribute the blame to poor government’s implementation of policies.
“Government has failed woefully, it has made promises it could not fulfill, you say go back to farm did you provide the required thing? The answer is no. Where are the roads to ferry the produce to the cities nonexistent, why won’t prices rise?” He queried.
In her contribution, Mrs. Nike Abidemi, an event manager and dealer in food stuff agreed that transporters have their shortcomings, tend to blame the middlemen, problem she wishes government will eradicate in a hurry.
“Government should fight the middlemen they are the hiking prices and we must make gains,” she explained.
According to her, government’s involvement and action is needed urgently to help reduce the hardship price hike brings on the people.
“Government should act fast and quickly, considering that the Yuletide season is around the corner. How can you explain two cubes of Maggi seasoning for N10. You will agree with that most families are just managing,” she emphasized.