In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 30th, September, 2020

‘We Cannot Afford It Any Longer’

'We Can't Afford It Any Longer'

A market in Nigeria

A market in Nigeria


The rise in petrol worth and hike in electrical energy tariff has brought about costs of staple meals to hit the roof throughout the nation.


Consequently, Nigerians are complaining that they’ll now not afford balanced diets and common meals for his or her households. 


Accoriding to findings by SaharaReporters in Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt, costs of staple meals have elevated by greater than 90 per cent.


The costs of beans, rice, yam, garri, onions, tomatoes, pepper, fish, vegetable oil, palm oil, flour, and others have gone up past what many Nigerians say that they’ll afford.


Those that spoke to SaharaReporters identified that that they had been struggling to feed because the coronavirus pandemic. 


In Ondo State, for example, a ‘mudu’ of native rice is bought at N850 whereas that of overseas is between N1000 and N1,200 with a bag going for N30,000 on the well-liked Oja Adedeji market in Akure.


On the Shasha market of the city, a rubber of white beans, which was bought at N18,000, is now N22, 000.


A schoolteacher, Bisi Ige, who’s a mom of six youngsters, stated she couldn’t afford to purchase a bag of rice as she used to, as a result of current worth hike. 


“Earlier than we used to purchase a bag of rice which might final us for a while however now, we won’t afford any longer. Even the bread that we rely on solely, its costs have elevated,” Ige, Akure resident, stated.

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“We’ve got to resort to native rice,” she continued. “My youngsters have even deserted the rice for yam, however it’s nonetheless expensive.”

Tayo Adelaide, an Abuja resident, stated the rise within the costs of staple meals was an try to annihilate each the poor and susceptible within the nation.

“Simply go to the Wuse market,” Adelaide stated. “You’ll discover that issues are expensive now. My spouse used to purchase luggage of rice and half a bag of beans and garri in the home. However nowadays, we won’t afford it any longer. Now, we solely take house what we see and would eat, and that is irritating and saddening”. 


A medical physician in Osun State, Tunde Akinlaja, blamed merchants for the skyrocketing meals costs, including that a few of them are utilizing the alternatives of the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of Nigerians. 


Equally, Maxwell Ogene of Port Harcourt stated many enterprise house owners indiscriminately elevated the costs of meals objects.


He urged the federal government to come back to the rescue of Nigerians by trying into the rise within the costs of important commodities. 

“We will not proceed guilty our issues on inflation,” he stated. “Are we saying the rise in greenback charge is the explanation why costs of yam and cassava flours had been elevated too?

“A farmer who planted cassava would additionally come to let you know that the greenback has elevated, therefore the explanation why the paint or rubber of garri is expensive. I really feel we’re simply the issue to ourselves, and for this reason we have to name the eye of our authorities to this. Nigerians are struggling.”


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An economist, Ayodeji Eniayewu, stated the federal government ought to rise and handle the yearnings of Nigerians over the price of vital commodities. 


Eniayewu stated that each one the stakeholders in agriculture wanted to come back collectively and handle the challenges of the hike in meals costs, which is being attributed to COVID-19. 


He defined that the surge in meals costs may also threaten the nation’s meals safety if the federal government determined to not intervene. 


“If folks stated we should always not blame the federal government for this, then who else ought to we blame and that’s the reason we want those that perceive learn how to run our economic system in energy,’ he stated.  

“There aren’t any clear-cut insurance policies put in place by our authorities to help residents, and that’s the reason folks stated we’re being affected by the rise in greenback worth. I do know the statistics are there and we’re working to a different inflation that may additionally make issues worse than the one we’re presently experiencing.”


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