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Prices of foodstuffs rise in Kaduna after polls

Posted: Apr 10, 2015 at 5:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gabriel John /  Special Correspondent, Kaduna


Prices of foodstuffs have continued to rise in Kaduna State after the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

This is in spite of the fact that Kaduna presently remains dry as people, mostly non-indigenes, who traveled out for fear of post election crisis in the state have still not returned.

Prices of staple foodstuffs such as rice, beans, gari, yam, egusi and many others have gone up substantially.

Many residents who were interviewed belive that the increase was due to none supply of foodstuff due to fear of post election violence in the state.  Even those who stored the items are afraid of what may happen during the day and have refused to open their wares.

Daily independent investigations revealed that most of the foodstuff available were those stored before the elections and were getting out of stock.

Some traders have decided to reserve food items in their wares for their families, relatives and loved ones as against selling to the public.

A trader in Kakuri Market who spoke to Daily Independent, Mrs. Gloria Anyebe, said since governorship and state House of Assembly elections are yet to hold, many traders still fear of what may happen and stay back till after election.

“Many traders have decided to stay back till after election, for fear of what may happen during or after the election.

“You can’t rule out the possibility of crisis during the remaining election.

“Most of my colleagues have enough foodstuffs in their stores but they are scared to open the shop.

“Some traveled and will not come to this city until after the swearing in of the new administration,” Anyebe added.

According to her, the experience in the past has taught everyone lessons and that made others to vow they would not return until after the swearing-in.

She was optimistic that the price will reduce after the swearing-in of the new government officials.

Meanwhile, Kaduna State and its environs remain dry even after the Presidential/National Assembly elections, as many who have traveled for fear of violence remain in their respective states monitoring the political development.