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Housewives cry as prices of food stuffs soar (2)

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The cost of living for an average Nigerian is increasing by the day. Prices of commodities are sky rocketing daily. It is gradually becoming a case of survival of the fittest. Most households are cutting down cost, despite that, they still groan under poor economic hardship.

ENCOMIUM Weekly sampled opinions of housewives on the alarming rate of sky rocketing prices of food items…

 

FAVOUR OKEY

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

The prices of things are really soaring. It is on an alarming rate. This happens every day. Some attribute the increment to rise in dollar exchange but I don’t think dollar is responsible. At least, the dollar rate is not as high as it used to be.

How are you coping with the hike?

We are coping by God’s grace. We just have to eat. No matter how bad it is, man must eat. We are praying that God will continue to supply all our needs.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

The list is endless really – beans, rice and yam. Everything! Bread has gone up as well. We used to buy sliced bread for N200, it is now N230, N250.

 

OWOLABI OMOTOLA

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Prices of commodities have gone up. Virtually all items are affected. And it is a daily occurrence. You need to see how Nigerians are suffering. A lot of households cannot eat balanced diet. It is just what they see that they eat now.

How are you coping with the hike?

I don’t even know. I just know we are just there. We are surviving, taking each day as it comes. But I must say, it has not been easy. It has not really been easy.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Rice has gone up. From N10,000 a bag, it is now N13,000. Wheat has gone up too. It was N500 per paint bucket before, it is now N600. Sugar has gone up too.

 

OLAYEMI JENYO

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Definitely, everybody is feeling the bite. At times, I wonder where the country is going. I think something needs to be done before it all gets out of control.

How are you coping with the hike?

We have a priority list. We only get what we can afford and leave the rest. I have also taught my children to be satisfied with what we can afford. They take what we can offer without complaining.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Palm oil has gone up. I was buying a bottle at N100 it is now N120.   Semolina is also expensive, it was N2,200 per 10kg before it is now N2,600. The hike has affected everything.

 

AMARACHI ALLEN

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Prices of commodities have gone up. Even tomatoes that used to be much cheaper is now expensive. Some said it is as a result of the Mile 2 market closure

How are you coping with the hike?

We buy what we can afford and leave the rest. Nigerians need to pray so that God can heal our land.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Tomatoes used to be the only commodity that was not affected but now, the price has gone up. The quantity I buy for N200 is now N300. I learnt a basket is almost N10,000.

 

IFEOLUWA AKINFENWA

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Yes, prices of food stuffs have gone up. There is hardly a commodity that is not affected. Every Nigerian is groaning, especially bread winners. In fact, everybody. Most of us have no increment in our salaries. I know of a woman, who has not collected salary since September 2015. You can imagine what such a person will be going through.

How are you coping with the hike?

We are coping. I am also into other businesses so as to meet up. Apart from that, I don’t take more than I can handle.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

The soap I used to buy for N1,000 is now N1,200. Okro as well has gone up. The quantity we buy for N100 now is what was sold for N50.

 

STELLA EMMA

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Saying that is an understatement. Times are really hard. Nigerians are just trying to cope with the harsh realities of things. May God help us in Nigeria.

How are you coping with the hike?

We try to cut our coat according to our cloth. We work hard and pray that God will continue to provide for our needs. Myself and my husband are also into business, aside having a pay job, yet it has not been easy.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Everything, even to the smallest commodity has gone up. Even matches, soaps and other items have gone up.

 

ONSAGEGUN TAIWO

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

The prices have risen so high. In fact, it’s too much.

How are you coping with the hike?

We are just managing. We just have to do something to survive.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Rice of N8,000 per bag is now N12,000. Vegetable oil which was N1,200 for five ilitres is now N1,700. Spaghetti of N120 is now N140 and tomatoes of N100 is now N150.

 

KAREEM RUKAYAT

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Yes, food stuff prices have gone up.

How are you coping with the hike?

We can’t eat money. We just have to buy them. But one may need to cut down on expenses.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Palm oil of N50 is now N80 while groundnut oil of N200 is now N300, 350.

 

MRS. BALOGUN

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

The prices of food stuff are nothing to write home about. They have really risen.

How are you coping with the hike?

I am coping but I am not happy about it because it’s not helping us at all.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Spaghetti of N100 now N140, palm oil 5 litres which was N1,200 now N1,500. A bag of rice was N9,000 now N13,000.

 

MRS. OKECHUKWU

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

The prices have risen so high.

How are you coping with the hike?

We are managing and God is helping us.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Beans N140 for derica now N200, a plastic of garri was N300 now N450.

 

MRS. ONILE

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Yes, the prices of commodities have really skyrocketed. If you buy a commodity in the morning at a certain price, when you want to purchase the same later, the price might have changed.

How are you coping with the hike?

We sell what we buy the way we buy them. We try not to put much money so we can sell them quickly.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Semovita was N230 for 1kg now N270, salt was N100 per sachet now N120. Vegetable oil has increased to N4,000 per 30 litres.

 

MRS. YEMI

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

The prices now are very high but we thank God we are still surviving.

How are you coping with the hike?

We don’t have a choice. We have to adjust to the new system.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Caprison was N1,650 per carton now N2,000, Hollandia yoghurt 1 litre was N2,650 per carton now N2,900, Cascade water N400 now sells for N430.

 

KHADIJAT OLALEYE

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Everything in the market have increased in price. Things are really expensive now.

How are you coping with the hike?

I just have to buy them. I cut down and minimize cost. I also buy things that are essential.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Derica of rice was N170 now N200. Even a sachet of pure water was N5, now N10, Sardine was sold for N150 now N200.

 

OMOLEWA OLATUNDE

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Everything is expensive, we are surviving by God’s grace.

How are you coping with the hike?

Yes, not only food stuff, all other things are costly. There is no money, petrol is scarce and expensive when you eventually find. We are in God’s hands.

 

MRS. GODWIN

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

It is unbearable because we eat what we see, not want we want.

How are you coping with the hike?

Yes, things are expensive.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

I can’t start listing them because if I start, we will spend the whole day listing.

 

MRS. OKOJI

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Yes.

How are you coping with the hike?

I buy the things that are very important and leave the ones that are not important.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Pure water bag which goes for N80 is now N140. One piece of apple which goes for N50 is now three for N200 and one for N70.

 

MRS. ASHAOLU

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Yes, they have.

How are you coping with the hike?

It is not easy for me at all, everything has doubled in price.

 

IYA IBIDUN

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Yes, it has.

How are you coping with the hike?

Every day I wake up, I thank God for life because if I should think about the present situation concerning the market I have in my shop I won’t sell anything.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Stock fish, dried fish, crayfish, pepper, onions and maggi are now expensive to buy.

 

IYA OJO

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Yes, it has increased.

How are you coping with the hike?

I am managing with the resources I have thought this present government is making it tougher for us.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

I just bought pure water for N20. Garri, semovita, wheat, beans, plantain, yam, apple, watermelon, egusi are now expensive.

 

MAMA CHIAMAKA

Will you say the prices of food stuffs have skyrocketed?

Prices of foodstuff have skyrocketed.

How are you coping with the hike?

It is not easy I will say. But I put everything in God’s hands.

Can you list examples of what are expensive?

Crayfish, Uda, garri, tomatoes paste and maggi are now expensive.

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