Ilorin residents groan under rising cost of food items at Ramadan
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
Residents and particularly Muslims in Ilorin, Kwara State are groaning under the rising cost of food items as Ramadan entered its tenth day on Thursday.
This is despite passionate appeals to the traders by Islamic leaders and concerned stakeholders to not deliberately hike prices of food items and services in the holy month of Ramadan for profit-making motives.
A survey by Press at major markets in Ilorin showed that a bag of foreign rice is now sold for N25,000, while a bag of Nigerian local rice cost between N20,000, N17,000 or N18,000.
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A local measure of garri, (mudu) goes for between N350, N400, or N500, depending on the quality, while a mudu of raw beans cost between N700 and N750 and a mudu of rice is sold for N750 or N800.
A 10kg bag of Semovita now costs N3,900, while a five kg bag attracts N2,000.
Press also learnt that a five-litre gallon of palm oil is sold for N2,500, while King’s vegetable oil costs N4,500 and traditional locally refilled five-litre gallon attracts N4,000.
The same situation is felt with traders on food condiments such as tomatoes, onions, pepper amongst others.
While retailers lament the scarcity and increased cost of food items from wholesalers, buyers and consumers are also unhappy over the reduced quantity of goods sold at the same price.
A buyer who spoke to our correspondent on the development said this year’s Ramadan appears to have come amidst challenges for both governments and the citizens generally.
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Economically, he said things were not okay with the citizens as the value of naira continues to fall with the attendant inflation, and refusal by some governors to pay the new minimum wage.
Earlier this week, Press reported that members of the state House of Assembly decried the high cost of foodstuffs in the state.
They also called on the state government to wade into the matter by creating a body to control prices of goods and services in the interest of the citizens who are being exploited by traders through artificial hoarding to shoot up prices.
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