By; KUNLE SANNI, Kaduna
In spite of the dweldlling economy couplede with the lockdown order of the government over COVID-19 pandemic, prices of foodstuff and other essential commodities have gone beyond the reach of the people.
A survey to some of the designated markets in the Kaduna metropolis on Thursday, revealed that this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, the end of the 30 day Ramadan celebration would be on the low key as prices of commodities are out of reach of the citizens.
Foodstuff prices have gone up by 75-80 per cent, a measure of local rice that was sold for N450 is now N700, while foreign rice formerly sold for N650/700 now go for N1000/1100.
According to a trader, Mrs. Mary Ajide, the surge in the prices of commodities is attributed to the festive period and quickly added that since the lockdown order of the government, prices of goods became outrageous.
She explained that the economy had nosedived since the issue of COVID-19 pandemic was discovered in the country, yet the palliative measures of the government did not help matters.
Another trader who deals on tomatoes, pepper, onions, Malama Aisha said the hike in the commodity owing to the fact that transporters complained of security extorting huge money from them before bringing them to the market.
She noted that they sell what they bought and appealed to the government to further ease down the lockdown as according to her, the economy is being battered.
Others interviewed also expressed reservation on the trend of things in the markets across the country, and that if care is not taken, it might lead to farmine in the country.
“No one prays for this, but precautions must be taken. The government has not gotten enough food to feed the nation, it’s wise for the government to relax the lockdown. If as at today prices of goods became outrageous and not affordable where else can we go,” Alhaji Ibrahim Garba said.
A provision store operator, Hajia Hussain said the rate at which prices of provisions are going may push many petty traders out of business, adding that “this festive period has added to what we are experiencing now, it’s too bad”.
She called on manufacturers to consider the trend of time in fixing prices so it doesn’t affect the commoners as they are always at the receiving end.