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Fuel Scarcity: Traders Lament High Cost Of Food Items

Posted: Mar 12, 2016 at 12:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase,Lagos

Succour is nowhere in sight for traders in markets across the state as lingering fuel scarcity have increased the cost of transportation and foodstuff prices from the farms to the markets have increased by over 50 per cent .

Some of the traders that spoke to Independent  are worried that if the current scarcity of fuel is not resolved in the next two days, the high cost of food stuff might escalates by 80 per cent on their customers as they have no choice than to increase  the prices of their products to survive their businesses


A visit to Sunday market in Ogba revealed that the prices of food items have increased by 70 per cent, and as a result, the traders have lost their customers for good.

Mrs. Titilayo Lawani a life chicken seller lamented that the prices of life chicken previous sold for N1,200 is now been sold within the range of N1600 and N1800.

She said the high rate of dollar affected the sales of chicken because all the drugs and vaccines the chicken gets are imported.

Also, Oladipupo Taiwo, a meat seller said meat is on the high side now that the quantity of meat they buy from the market for N18, 000 is now being bought for N25, 000 to N30, 000 and that their customers are made to bear the increase in cost for their business to survive.

“We don’t know what to do; our government needs to intervene because Nigerians are finding things easy, we are not just seeing the impact of this government in our lives”

Temitope Adelaja that sells soup ingredients said: “we are tired; we don’t know what to do because the prices of foodstuff have increased and people are not buying our food items because there is no money anywhere”.

“Groundnut oil that we sell for N1, 550 is now N2200 and a bottle of it is now sold for N450 instead of N300 that we sell before, a big size of salt that we sell N100 is now N120 and the small size which we sell N50, is now N70, IKG Semo that we sell N250 before is now N350, Poundo yam of N500 before is now sold at N600, Spaghetti sold before at N110 or N120, is now selling for N150 Adelaja” said

A plantain seller who does not want her name in print said the plantain size she bought for N15, 000 last week is been sold for N30, 000 to N35, 000 now.

Mrs. Lydia Anayo, a stockfish seller told Independent that  fishes are more expensive as the sizes they sell for N200 before is now N350, and the size that was sold for N100 is now N150.

A fruit seller who does not want her name mentioned said: “apple which sells for N100 before is now N120 and the ones for N50 before is now N60. Also pineapple which she sells N300 before is now N400, and watermelon which is between N300 and N350 before is now N500.

Mrs. Sarah Ogunyemi said semolina of 5Kg sold before for N1000 and is now between N1100 and sells N1200.

She said poundo yam sold for N1000 before is now N1100,while  wheat of N1750 before now sell for N2000, while plantain flour of N550 before is now N600.

Another foodstuff seller who does not want his name in print said a bag of rice sold for N10, 600 is now N13, 000 and bag of beans sold N11, 000 before is  now N12, 000 in the market.

He, however  said that a rubber cup of beans paint sold for N1400 before is now N1600, while garri is sold for N350 before is  now N400.