Tough Times Ahead As Food Prices Soar In Nigeria: This Is Worse Than Civil War, Nigerians Cry Out
Tough times have caught up with most Nigerians as they lament the rising cost of foodstuff and other commodities due to inflation. From insecurity to job losses and salary cuts, many say their purchasing power is on the decline while the prices of food items continue to soar.
They have lamented the rising cost of living, saying that the situation is worse than what was experienced during the civil war.
Most of the people who spoke to Daily Trust correspondents from different parts of the country said unless something was done urgently to address it, kwashiorkor might occur.
Rose Oche from Imo said, “The truth is that I don’t know how I’m coping. It even amazes me sometimes that I have come this far. The price of every food item in recent times has gone beyond the reach of ordinary people. The only thing that hasn’t increased is salary.”
“Some food items haven’t just doubled in price, but tripled. You can imagine that half basin of garri which sold for N3, 000 last year now goes for about N15, 000, while a custard bucket of tomatoes which sold for N500 last year now sells for N2, 500.”
Mrs Ikedi said, “A bag of garri which we used to buy at N35,000 from Ohaji is now N70,000. A bag of rice is N36,000 as against N22,000. We are in for a serious problem in this country if something urgent is not done.”
As the prices of foodstuff escalate, it is becoming harder for housewives to meet up with their daily meals as there is no commensurate increase in upkeep money from their husbands.
Hajiya Hauwa Sani who is married to a civil servant said, “As there is no increase in my husband’s salary, there is also no increase in the upkeep money he gives me; which makes it hard for me to make balanced meals.”
Mrs Adams Johnson from Edo said before now if she went to the market with N5,000 and that she would be satisfied with what she bought, but that now the money hardly took care of a pot of soup.
Mr Abu Muhammed said the prices food items had increased beyond the reach of an average Nigerian.
He said Nigerians had to adjust to the situation by cutting down many items which were not very necessary.