REPORT: Residents of Katsina Metropolis Cries As Prices of Commodities Sky rocketed This Ramadan (READ)
People in Katsina metropolis continue to groin as prices of food stuffs and other commodities necessary in this Ramadan period sky rocketed.
A simple survey conducted revealed that the prices of many of the commodities such as rice, millet, supergetti, cooking oil and ice blocks have increased with about 70-100%.
The price of foreign rice is between N13,500 – N14,000 while that of vegetable oil is now N11,000 as against its former price of N7,000. Similarly, a carton of supergetti is now being sold at N3,000 as against its former price of N1,900. The survey also revealed that the bag of sugar and millet now costs N11,000 each.
The rise in the price of foreign rice also leads to the high demand of local one which consequently increased in price too. The price of the local rice now costs between N10,000 to N11,000 per bag.
However, another price hike that shocked everybody is the sudden increase in the price of ice block from N10-20 before to now N60 to N70 each because of its high demand.
A rice dealer in the Katsina central market interviewed attributed the sudden rise in the price of the commodities to the higher demand by the residents and also the difficulties encountered by the people importing the commodities from outside the country due to the change in government policies at the border.
A cross section of muslims residents interviewed also called on the marketers to look into there plights and current predicament due to the harsh economic situation and reduce the prices of the commodities.
Another issue compounding the situation is the delay in May salary by the government to the local government and primary school civil servants in the state.