Akure Monarch Orders Foodstuff Sellers To Reduce Prices

Akure Monarch Orders Foodstuff Sellers To Reduce PricesThe Paramount Ruler of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi alongside the Deji-in-Council has asked foodstuff sellers in Akure to immediately cut down the high cost of foodstuff in Akure and its environs or risk their shop being closed down.

The Deji ordered the slash in prices of these commodities at his palace after an exhaustive meeting with the leadership of the various groups of foodstuff sellers in Akure.

This was sequel to a recent market survey of some foodstuff like rice, palm oil, groundnut oil, garri among others across major towns like Osogbo, Ibadan, Ogbomosho, Ile-Ife, Ilesha, Ado-Ekiti, and Lagos in the south west.

The palace found out that the prices obtained in these communities were at variance with what is sold in Akure. The prices of rice, garri, palm oil was too exorbitant when compared with other cities, making it almost the highest in the whole of south-west.

Oba Ogunlade expressed displeasure at the astronomical rate at which foodstuff is being sold in Akure compared with other neighboring towns.

He said: “It is so sad that the prices of commodities had been unnecessarily hiked in Akure with no justifiable reason. This is unfair and totally unacceptable.

“Considering the present economic hardship in the country, we cannot continue to watch our people die in hunger and pains due to needless hike in price of the basic need of life which is food.”

Oba Aladetoyinbo said that with the market survey carried out by the palace, it is glaring that the situation in Akure is becoming unbearable for families and things may go worse if not quickly tackled.

“I wonder why a bag of rice will be sold for between N21,000 and N23,000, 20 litres of palm oil now sells for between N20,000 and N21,500, a rubber of garri now sells for N200, when other communities sells for N16,000, N10,000 and N100 respectively,” he said.

“We are watching the market situation in other towns and I will ensure a downward review of the price as situation may demand to be at par with other neighboring towns,” he vowed.

The Monarch then ordered an immediate reduction in the price of rice which is being sold at an average of N21, 000 to N19, 000.

After much plea from the palm oil and garri sellers in the city, the Deji gave them one week to revert the prices of their commodities to N11, 000 and N100 respectively.

Oba Aladetoyinbo, however, expressed appreciation to the market men and women who agreed with him on the need for the splash in prices, considering the economic realities in the country.

He thanked them for their cooperation and understanding over the matter.

Meanwhile, Oba Aladetoyinbo has set up a task force to monitor the situation and ensure strict compliance with the new prices. He also vowed to close down the shop of any defiant seller.

The monarch, however, prayed for the quick recovery of the nation’s economy.

Umuahia Hosts Made In Abia Product Exhibition

The first Made In Abia Product Exhibition has kicked off at Ibeku High School, Umuahia North Local Government Area, South East Zone.

The exhibition, staged by the Abia State Government, is in a bid to ensure development in the state’s industry by encouraging indigenous manufacturers and locally made goods with an aim to create wealth thereby discouraging any form idleness among the citizenry.

Goods on display at the exhibition include an helicopter manufactured by an indigene of the state and green Ogbono seed cultivated by a farmer from Isikwuato  Local Government Area (LGA) with assistance of Abia Government  Agricultural Programme.

Made in Aba shoes  assembled from the Twelve Clusters Shoe Making in Aba, hand made Akwete cloth from Ukwa East LGA, as well as locally made cassava mill engine among others.

The green Ogbono seed which can stay for one year without decay, Aba made shoes, traditional herbal practitioners, were displayed on the Abia Ministry of Agriculture stand with a lot more agricultural product ranging from coconut, pawpaw among others.

In his address, the state Governor; Theodore Orji said that the exhibition is to encourage the production of locally made goods and he charged the creativity of manufacturers to make goods to international standard.

“The Abia state exhibition would proffer the avenue and opportunity for the local manufacturers to interact with the government and table their needs if needs be which would encourage indigenous product,” said Obinna Ekwuribe, a private investor.

The event also showcased an indigenous manufacturer who had a cassava mill that can produce 20 tonnes of cassava flour and another for cassava chips and garri respectively.