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.

No Need To Panic Over Tremors – Geologist

earth tremor, cracked walls, kaduna tremorThe federal government must as a matter of urgency commit enough funds to creating seismic stations across the country for the effective monitoring of natural occurrences to provide avenues for proactive approaches to managing natural disasters.

The President, Nigerian Mining and Geo-Sciences Society, Prof. Gbenga Okunlola, gave this hint in an interview with Channels Television at the Department of Geology, University of Ibadan.

Prof. Okunlola said that presently there is no need for Nigerians to panic as the country is in a safe zone and not prone to earth quakes.

He added that the tremors that have been reported in Saki, Oyo State and Kwoi in Kaduna state are local tremors of about 2.3 on the Richter scale and could have resulted from mining activities in those areas or change in weather.

He explained further that the tremors are caused by vibrations within micro fractions possibly from mining activities which gets heated up and expanded in high temperature but trembles when persistent rainfall percolates such openings.

Prof. Okunlola added that Nigeria has enough geologists and related scientists that government could leverage on to protect the environment decisively at all times.

Similarly, the National Space Research and Development Agency had in September, attributed the recent tremor in Jama Local Government Area of Kaduna State to passive sources.

There were three reports of earth tremor at Kwoi community in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

After the first incident in Kwoi community, the Kaduna state government had appealed to the people of the community to be calm but the occurrence of the second earth tremor occurred at Sambang Dagi community barely 24 hours after both in Jaba left residents terrified.

The second vibration occurred very early in the morning, leaving residents scampering for safety while the third worsened fears around the communities.

Authorities have, however, consistently appealed to the residents to remain calm.

The Kaduna state government directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to mobilise its officials to the area to monitor the situation and assist the people in case of any emergency.

The Nigerian Senate also swiftly promised that it would investigate the earth tremor.

Earth Tremor: El-Rufai Visits Kwoi, Assures Residents of Safety

Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai, Potato FactoryKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has visited Kwoi community in Jaba Local Government Area of the state, to commiserate with the residents following the earth tremor that occurred in the community last week.

The paramount ruler of the community, briefed the governor, who arrived the community in company of his deputy, Bala Bantex and other top government officials, on how the incident occurred.

This is the third after two other mini earth quakes had also occurred in the previous weeks.

El-Rufai condoled with the victims after meeting with residents at the palace of their traditional ruler.

Although he described the earth tremor as shocking and the first of its kind in the area, he expressed gratitude to God that no life was lost from the incident.

The Governor stated that the incident was exaggerated in the media and said that the government was waiting for the outcome of investigation by various experts who have visited the community, in order to the know the next action to take.

The paramount ruler, while hosting the Governor, said that “the earth tremor took the residents by surprise, and has since created tension in the community”.

He commended the state and federal government for the concerns they have shown since the incident occurred.

Meanwhile, most of the residents, especially non-indigenes that fled the community in the wake of the earth tremor, are yet to return while others still in the community, express fears about their safety.

Obasanjo Eulogises MKO Abiola’s Sacrifice For Nigeria

obasanjoIn what seems a deviation from his former comment on the late MKO Abiola, former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, said that the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief MKO Abiola, sacrificed a lot to the development of the country.

Obasanjo made the remark while speaking as Eminent Guest of Honour at the Fourth Founder’s Day Celebration and 85th Birthday Anniversary of the Founder/Patron of the Nobel House College, Chief Olatunde Abudu, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The former president acknowledged the contribution of the late business mogul to the development of Nigeria in all areas of human endeavour.

Obasanjo – who re-echoed what was earlier said about Abiola by the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr) Adedotun Gbadebo, that Ogun State and indeed Egbaland would have produced three presidents – attributed the failure to achieve this to “bad belle”.

This remark comes few days to the 15th anniversary of the annulled election adjudged to be the freest election in the country

“Indeed, Abiola contributed to the development of this country. He sacrificed everything for the development of this country”, OBJ added.

Also speaking, the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, stressed the essence of developing the education sector by all stakeholders, maintaining that Government would always be ready to provide the enabling environment for its growth.