by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Housewives, head of families, concerned citizens, religious leaders and various women organizations have expressed worry over the rising cost of foodstuffs and cooking materials across the country – without solutions.
The bodies stressed the need for Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to come up with a lasting solution that would halt daily escalation of food stuff prices disturbing every household in the country.
National President of a non-governmental organization, ‘Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria,’ Haj. Ramatu Tijjani, expressed the concern over the daily increase of food prices in the country, while lamenting that it has increased more hardship and suffering for many families.
She said, “It’s important for NLC, TUC and the Federal Government, to as a matter of urgency come up with a lasting solution through negotiating with necessary stakeholders on price control to all marketers, which would enable citizens afford buying food stuffs at normal prices.
“The Ukraine and Russian war is a contributory factor, while in Nigeria terrorism, kidnapping, banditry and general insecurity challenges also play a great role.
“Tension is increasingly rising on daily basis by housewives and various families, including guardians, due to continued rise in price of goods and services at various markets,” she said.
She also said, people are suffering on daily basis and, as a result, every shop owner has its own different prices fixed at their shops.
“There is need for government to be checkmating the activities of marketers and set up a penal that would be monitoring the market prices,” she added, stressing that, “The devaluation of the naira has made things worse for many breadwinners, who could no longer afford to feed their families three times a day, as the prices of basic food items have skyrocketed and the sources of income dwindling.”
Haj. Ramatu called on the Federal Government to equally come out with solutions to the problems, while begging marketers to remember God in all their activities, and appealed to federal and state governments to monitor the activities of some land lords, so as to avoid extortion and unnecessary increase of house rents.
Similarly, a housewife and a resident of Rigasa community in Kaduna, Malama Jummai Ali, said the price of foodstuffs keeps increasing every day and it is causing many difficulties for every family.
“The prices of spaghetti and noodles with other foodstuffs have forced families to stop eating three times in a day. Prices of vegetables, pepper, tomatoes, onion, oil, spaghetti, noodles, kerosene and gas have risen,” she lamented.
She note that, despite insecurity challenges and naira devaluation, amidst of Corona virus, prices of everything in the markets keep skyrocketing and, hence, the need for quick intervention by government.
A Kaduna-based marketer, Danladi Musa, told newsmen that, even them make huge lost every day due to lack of steady prices in the country. He said, they buy foodstuffs from other marketers at high price, and called on government to come to their aid.
“As the world commemorates International African Women’s Day, it offers us an opportunity to collectively celebrate the great contributions of our women to family, society, development, peace and unity in Africa,” the NGO founder stated.