From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
The rising cost of commodities has been a source of worry for both traders and residents in Southern Kaduna.
They said the ugly situation has thrown most of them out of business and jobs, due to lack of sufficient capital and economic recession in the country.
Investigations through our correspondent revealed those interviewed said the trend was unhealthy for the socio-economic, security, peace and political well-being of people in the country, positing that this has multiplying negative impact across states of the federation.
Textile materials marketers at the Yakowa Market Kafanchan like Mrs Gloria Kenneth said there was an increase of 15% In the prices of materials, explaining that Men’s suit that was sold N9000, last year, is now N14,000.
In the same vein, Mr Sunday Assoh from the same Market said prices of wrappers have risen by 90% within the period under review, pointing that a piece of wrapper now sells at N3,000 instead of N2,000, last year’s price.
Giving their experiences, Alh. Ahmed Danlami at the Kafanchan township market said the continuous increase in prices of commodities, was due to economic recession in the country ; explaining that meat sellers slaughtered fifteen to twenty (15-20) cows daily, last year, but now only seven to eight (7-8) cows are slaughtered per day, which often last two days. He explained further that meat that was sold at N800 per kilo, last year now goes for N1, 200 per kilo.
Traders like Alh. Uba Auta, who market food items said a measure of rice which was sold N280, last year, sells at N550 now, while a jerry can of palm oil went for N7000 last year, now sells N12,000. A measure of Garri they said sells at N250, instead of N120 last year.
The same explanations were received from traders and residents in Zonkwa in Zangon Kataf Local Government, Manchock and Kagoro in Kaura Local Government Areas.
A public Civil Servant, Paul Dunio said the rising cost of commodities has denied employees of patronage of things they used to buy because salaries are not paid as at when due, and many have lost their jobs, pointing that feeding was thrice a day, now they eat once; mostly very light food, as many cannot afford.
Lami Tunzuwan, a Mother said, small three tubers of yam that has just entered the market went for N150 last year, now attracts N300, while a measure of local beans known locally as kyakyawan mata(a beautiful wife) because it is grown thrice a year is sold N400 a measure instead of N120 last year price.
In all the above experiences by people, the President of Operation Catch the Fire Ministry Kafanchan and the Vice President Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Kaduna State Chapter, Apostle Emmanuel Bako admonished believers to pray for leaders and the country as the nation is experiencing difficult challenges.
Speaking in an all-night prayer tagged “Night of Wonders”, Apostle Emmanuel Bako said it was time for believers, especially Christians to believe, trust and involve God in all their affairs, to attract His blessings of mercies, prosperity, favours and protection.
Reading from the Holy Bible, Ezekiel 47, the clergyman told people to speak and prophesy positively into their lives and the life of the country in faith, assuring that the difficult times would soon be over, concluding that “Those who know their God, shall make exploit”.