Nigerians lament high price of food, cooking gas, others


Some customers fetch expressed field over the novel high prices of foodstuff and cooking gas, urging govt to intensify measures to manage with the dispute of affairs.

The voters who spoke in a look for conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) acknowledged the dispute of affairs was as soon as making lifestyles unbearable for them.

A Lokoja-essentially essentially based civil servant, Comfort Ocheje, acknowledged the dispute of affairs had change into so intense that an sensible family of 5 now required double of the quantity of cash it worn to take to feed in a month.

Mrs Ocheje acknowledged the rising price of Liquefied Petroleum Gasoline in any other case is believed as cooking gas had also risen.

Biodun Aledare, a housewife doing petty trading, also lamented the dispute of affairs and known as on the Authorities to intervene.

NAN experiences that one kilogram of the LPG product which supplied for between N300 and N350 now goes for N550 within the attach.

Haruna Mustafa, Blessing Samuel and Thelma Peters, also decried the dispute of affairs and urged govt “to act lickety-split to ameliorate the sufferings of the folk”.

Proper thru a visit to DOA Gasoline role, part II, Lokoja, the manager, Achile James, attributed the prolong to the reintroduction of the extra price added tax on the product.

A senior staffer of Yisab gas plant, Isah Musa, acknowledged the prolong within the price of cooking gas had affected gross sales.

When contacted, the Performing Controller, Division of Petroleum Sources in Kogi, O.G. Ogbe acknowledged that the prolong was as soon as as a outcomes of the prolong of VAT on the price of gas.

Talking on the matter of rising price of foodstuff, the Kogi Commissioner for Agriculture, David Apeh, acknowledged govt was as soon as doing everything to support agricultural production, especially production of food crops to alleviate the scarcity.

Onions (Wuse market, Abuja) Food stuff
Food stuff on account for at Wuse market, Abuja

Mr Apeh also acknowledged the Utter Authorities was as soon as committed to making bound food security to wipe out starvation and poverty within the dispute thru adequate attention to the reach of the agriculture sector.

He acknowledged that the government had on the total demonstrated the dedication thru timely charge of counterpart funds for trend partners and donor companies interventions within the Agriculture sector.

Moreover talking, Sani Abdulganiyu, Permanent Secretary within the dispute Ministry of Agriculture told farmers to assassinate sure that they minimised post-harvest lack of crops to avert extra prolong of the costs

“We allure to our farmers to pay more attention to their crops so as that they don’t fetch a host of wastages relating to a post-harvest production,”he acknowledged.

Olaleye Oladimeji of Nigeria Saved Merchandise Analysis Institute (NSPRI), also talking with NAN, attributed the upward thrust in prices of food and cooking gas to the high foreign swap rate, especially the Buck.

Mr Oladimeji acknowledged that the high swap rate affected every factor of the economy as the nation relied on importation of every and each bodily items and products and providers alongside side raw materials for the nation’s industries.

In step with him, the create trickles down and impacts practically every product available within the market.

Ogirima Bello, Managing Director of Kogi Agricultural Progress Project (ADP), acknowledged a part of the plot in which to prolong in prices of foodstuff was as soon as large production of foodstuff for supply to outweigh search info from.

To create this, he acknowledged efforts can fetch to be made by successive governments to take dangle of more agriculture extension provider workers to wait on farmers by deploying relevant technologies to toughen yields.

Safiya Yahaya, Kogi Utter Coordinator and National Auditor, Itsy-bitsy Scale Females Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON), urged that govt budgetary allocations to the agriculture sector, especially to smallholder farmers, can fetch to be released promptly.

Food stuff used to illustrate the story
Food stuff worn as an instance the story


In Makurdi, Judith Amo, a shopper acknowledged that she was as soon as the sole bread winner of her family after the death of her husband several years ago, and that attributable to the high prices of foodstuff, she had diminished each and each the quantity and quality of food consumed by her family.

“I made them to achieve that they have to no longer use to their full because things are very refined nevertheless easiest use to be alive,” she acknowledged.

Thomas Nyam, a shopper also acknowledged that his family was as soon as no longer ingesting the the same quality and quantity of food all any other time owing to the high price of food items.

“The essence is factual to use in stutter no longer to starve fully.

“If we advise of ingesting the the same quantity and quality of food we would possibly per chance terminate up starving for some days since the quantity of cash that we worn to take dangle of a host of food items cannot derive us identical items at identical price now.

“So, we decided to lower the quantity and quality of our meals. To me, right here’s the finest thing to carry out,” he acknowledged.

John Asua, also a shopper, acknowledged that he had stopped shopping beans in his dwelling attributable to its high price, as a replacement he would take dangle of noodles.

“We cook dinner the noodles with either rice or yam. We fetch forgotten fully about three square meals,” Mr Asua acknowledged.

The Benue Director of Agricultural Companies, Thomas Unongo, acknowledged that each and each the Federal Authorities (FG) and Utter Authorities were working spherical the clock to manage with the dispute of affairs.

Mr Unongo acknowledged the federal and the dispute govt gave farming inputs to folk.

“In Benue, Gov. Samuel Ortom consistently advises residents no longer to transfer away any land fallow for whatever cause nevertheless cultivate all farmlands.

“The governor even encourages folk to fetch gardens at their backyards. This is in a position to well per chance well moreover paddle a superior distance in reducing their burden of shopping for every food merchandise because they’ll have to fetch cultivated some by themselves.

“The governor is doing elegant mighty to prevent starvation and starvation nevertheless the price of food items is a ingredient of many variables which is plot from the agricultural sector,” he acknowledged.



A Jalingo-essentially essentially based shopper, Joel Yaji, expressed effort over the day-to-day prolong in prices of food items and cooking gas.

Mr Yaji acknowledged that alongside with his wage which had no longer been elevated, he would possibly per chance no longer feed his family neatly.

“I belief then that as soon as harvest begins, the day-to-day upward push within the costs of food items would stop, nevertheless there is not any longer any distinction.

“Farmers are currently barvesting maize, rice, groundnut, pepper among others nevertheless the costs remain very high.

“To assassinate matters worse, the price of cooking gas which has change into the most overall strategy of cooking in many properties has also sky rocketed with a kg jumping from N400 to over N600,” he acknowledged.

Amina Yahaya, one other resident of Jalingo, also complained regarding the hike in prices of foodstuff and cooking gas.

Mrs Yahaya acknowledged it was as soon as gorgeous that a measure of gari was as soon as being supplied for between N900 to N1000 for the time being.

She equally lamented the day-to-day upward push within the price of cooking gas which was as soon as now usually worn by families.

In retaining alongside with her, “the animated upward push within the price of kerosine pushed folk hugely into utilizing cooking gas factual for it to also change into something else”.

Iliyasu Ajibu, the Taraba Commissioner for Commerce and Industries acknowledged the upward thrust within the costs of food items was as soon as attributable to scarcity of supply of the items available within the market.

“There’s scarcity of food items and cooking gas available within the market attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic which has on the total affected world swap.

“Since Nigeria is no longer self reliant in many of the food items, there would possibly be noticeable scarcity of supply and the search info from remained high, hence the right upward push in prices,” he acknowledged.

Mr Ajibu told governments at all ranges to redouble efforts at reaching food security in stutter to take care of the rising prices.

Pepper and tomatoes (Wuse market, Abuja) Food stuff
Pepper and tomatoes (Wuse market, Abuja)


In the period in-between, a resident of Lafia, Nasarawa Utter, Rebecca Adigizi, has appealed to the government to dispute a note administration mechanism to manage with right upward push in note of vital commodities.

Mercy Bako, a cafe operator within the dispute, acknowledged she was as soon as no longer making earnings attributable to the prolong within the price of foodstuff.

Abdullahi Musa, one other resident, acknowledged his family had resorted to utilizing kerosene and firewood to cook dinner as he would possibly per chance no longer fetch the cash for cooking gas.

Emmanuel Alanana, Programme Supervisor, Nasarawa Utter Agricultural Progress Programme, acknowledged the Utter Authorities had at some level of the twelve months distributed fertilisers, farm inputs and improved seeds at subsidised charges to the farmers as a part of its efforts to elevate food security within the dispute.

“We distributed sprayers, fertilisers, inputs and improved seeds to the farmers at subsidised charges.The sprayer we supplied at N22,500 we gave it to the farmers on the rate of N8000,” Mr Alanana acknowledged.

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Niger, Plateau

In the period in-between, a cafe operator in Minna, Niger, Rasheedat Abdul’Aziz, acknowledged she had no longer been “breaking even” since the costs of foodstuff started to upward push available within the market.

“Estimable now, we’re no longer making any meaningful operate now not like what it worn to be ten to 15 years

“There’s nothing we can carry out now nevertheless factual to withhold lifestyles going, working a cafe now would possibly per chance be no longer profitable attributable to the day-to-day prolong within the costs of food stuff, ” Mrs Abdul’Aziz acknowledged.

She told governments to reach support up with solid policies to toughen puny scale agencies in stutter to fight starvation and to grow the economy.

In Jos, Andrew Pwanagba, says he spends bigger than double of what he worn to enlighten on foodstuff due the high, “while his wage remains practically the the same”.


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