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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Akwa Ibom state government gives traders 31 days ultimatum to reduce prices of foodstuff

The Akwa Ibom State government has issued an order to all the traders in the state to immediately reduce the cost of foodstuff in the market within 31 days. The ordered was issued to the traders in a letter released by the Special Assistant to the state governor Udom Emmanuel on Traders’ Matters, Idoronyin Rapheal.


The state government threatened to dissolve the leadership of any union that does not comply with the order within 31 days. In a radio programme recently, Idorenyin accused the traders of taking advantage of the scarcity of FOREX to inflate foodstuff prices.

He also alleged that the market union leaders were to some extent responsible for the hike in food prices.
“Garri is selling between N30,000 and N22,000 per bag in the state, but if you go outside Akwa Ibom garri it is sold between N18, 000 and N17, 000…. The union doesn’t allow people who are not their members to sell garri in bags in the market. If you are not their member and you bring in bags of garri into the market, they will seize them from you. If you look at it, there are no Customs duties on garri, and garri is not purchased with dollars, so it is the union that is causing the price increase. We will not continue to fold our hands and watch them do this. The unions must give traders the free hand to sell their goods. Another example is the crayfish. If you travel to Aba in Abia State, you’ll discover that the crayfish there are cheaper there than in Akwa Ibom, and the traders from Aba are buying from here. It is because of the union"he said

21 comments:

Beauty Osas said...

Oga those women had nothing to do with price increase of foodstuff in the market.

Anonymous said...

A young man once said "our problems are our leaders". Imagine wat so-called market union leadership can do to people!? What utter rubbish! So sad the times we live in here in nigeria. Everyone is cashing in on the misfortune that has befallen our great country. So sad...

Anonymous said...

This is good news. The government must intervene in this artificial recession in order to revert prices. other states should follow suit.

Anonymous said...

Why give them a whole month to change d prices? A whole month!!! Ahh!! If I be governor of that state today..I will match in to all the markets and personally ban all market unionism with immediate effect and give traders the liberty to sell at the normal reduced prices. Nonsense deserves a no-nonsense approach.

Anonymous said...

Why give them a whole month to change d prices? A whole month!!! Ahh!! If I be governor of that state today..I will match in to all the markets and personally ban all market unionism with immediate effect and give traders the liberty to sell at the normal reduced prices. Nonsense deserves a no-nonsense approach.

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daniel ubong said...

Could u imagine the stupid union.

Amos Mohammed said...

Bayelsa traders also deserves this kind of "None approach.

OSINANL said...

HMMMM...

Nse umoh said...

Some people are just taking advantage of everything in this country, if we can't make our products affordable, hmm, I wonder what we will buy cheap, just thinking sha.

Nse umoh said...

Some people are just taking advantage of everything in this country, if we can't make our products affordable, hmm, I wonder what we will buy cheap, just thinking sha.

Imelda Ebong said...

@ Beauty Osas i believe you are not in Akwa ibom. Bcos it getting crazy everyday. The so call union aint trying at all. Tge prices of every goods is just skyrocket

Anonymous said...

IOO% Right: Prices of goods hv really stem down only in Akwa Ibom State, d traders ar taking advantage of recession to excessively increase d prices of guds. Pls sn army to go help dem sell it. Akwa ibom traders ar d worst on earth. GOD BLESS U. Hv bn pray 4 ds

godwin peter said...

That's good news.

Gabriel said...

A young man once said "our problems are our leaders". Imagine wat so-called market union leadership can do to people!? What utter rubbish! So sad the times we live in here in nigeria.

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El Fidel said...

That's good.
I'm currently in Uyo. Sometime ago i got confused as regards how the price of commodities went so high that i wanted to cry.
i traveled to IMO and it was a different thing altogether.

The only cheap stuff you'd get to buy at cheaper price in Itam central market is waterleaf . God of Israel...That 31days is kinda lengthy.

El Fidel said...

That's good.
I'm currently in Uyo. Sometime ago i got confused as regards how the price of commodities went so high that i wanted to cry.
i traveled to IMO and it was a different thing altogether.

The only cheap stuff you'd get to buy at cheaper price in Itam central market is waterleaf . God of Israel...That 31days is kinda lengthy.

tomstar said...

Story for God's. Is not by talking let see if dey are going to take action. Fake government

Vivian Reginalds said...

inukwa ultimatum!
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Hope said...

Foolish government , how can deh reduce it , deh sell according to how deh buy . so if deh buy bag of rice 18k deh shuld sell 10k becus one foolish governor said so . common sense

Anonymous said...

yOu guys don't get, traders in Akwa Ibom are unreasonably and intentionally expensive...I really don't know how to explainfor people to understand...you see the prices they sell foodstuff in Uyo for example, if you try it in Calabar...no one will buy from you and the amazing thing is that (Uyo)Akwa Ibom plant most of these crops more than (Calabar)Cross River so you see it's intentional hike.

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