NSCDC ensures maximum security
As Nigerians celebrate Easter, traders in Lagos markets continue to lament that there are no signs of the holiday as patronage is so low.
A visit to some markets in Lagos revealed that traders and consumers are not happy with the current economic situation in the country, as consumers can hardly afford to buy products due to rising prices.
Also, the markets were not in a festive mood as there was no hustle and bustle that usually characterizes the season.
A visit to some major markets in Ikotun, Mushin, Yaba, Oshodi and Cele on Wednesday showed food prices soared 20 percent after last month’s survey.
Tochi Johnson, a rice trader at Daleko Marker Mushin, said the price of rice has risen 20 percent in the past month.
He said: “A bag of foreign rice that used to sell for N26,000 now costs N29,000, depending on the brand, while Indian (Agric) rice, which used to cost N27,000, now costs N30,000.
“The so-called Nigerian rice is also not cheap, the increase in price has also caused a reduction in profits, now we sell almost at cost price.”
A buyer at the market, Blessing Anthony, lamented the high cost of food, saying the difference in produce prices in a matter of days is alarming.
“It’s not about reducing, I’m tired, we’re not having friendly prices at all,” she lamented.
Similarly, an oil seller, Mama Christabel, explained that a 25-litre red oil that sold for 19,000 naira on Wednesday went up to 20,500 naira yesterday.
“I don’t know what our destination will be tomorrow because the company’s price for 25 liters of groundnut oil, which used to sell at 28,500 naira, is now 31,300 naira.
A trader at Yaba Market, Mr. Osinachi complained about low patronage, saying the products are available, but expensive.
But prices for tomatoes and peppers were a bit low, a situation that Sunday Oka, the market leader in Ikotun, attributed to the Ramadan fast.
He said: “What we are experiencing now is quite different from what we have seen before. A basket of tomatoes last month sold N18,000, now it is down to N15,000; also a basket of fresh pepper, which sold for 24,000 naira last month, is now selling for 16,000. It is different from the Easter period, as people do not eat.
“A basket of onions now costs 22,000 naira compared to 18,000 naira before, there is no money, but we are waiting for customers to come and buy.”
AT the Oshodi market, a cloth merchant, Simon Udokwa, lamented low patronage, saying many residents are focusing on food rather than clothing.
Another trader, Dupe Taiwo, said they are begging people to buy materials. Frozen food merchants are not left out as they are suffering from poor power supply and the cost of frozen food.
A frozen food distributor in Mushin, Ajoke said a box of turkey now sells for N22,000, a box of full chicken N22,000, a box of lap chicken N20,000, while a box of gizzards costs N29. ,000.
“As you see, aunt, how many days until Easter have we not seen anyone. Many people flock to our cold room, but leave without buying anything because of the price increase.”
MEANWHILE, the Commander General (CG), Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has ordered the massive deployment of personnel from State Commands, Zonal Commands and National Headquarters to suspected locations to carry out raids and reinforce security. operations before Easter.
NSCDC said tactical units have been deployed to places of worship, recreational facilities, markets, shopping malls, parks and gardens and critical national assets and infrastructure to guard against sabotage of government efforts and reduce criminal activities.
Corps spokesman Deputy Corps Commander (DCC) Odumosu Olusola said in a statement that personnel from Intelligence units, Agro Rangers, Armed Squad, Special Forces, Rapid Response Squad, Women’s Special Squad, SWAT, K9, Counter Terrorism Units and Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) units have been deployed to ensure adequate security.
He stressed that the action became necessary in view of the security threats caused by the activities of bandits and criminals, adding that it is imperative to establish new security structures to prevent any breakdown of peace during this period.
Olusola said that the Corps will leave no stone unturned to ensure that its mandates are carried out to the satisfaction of all citizens, stating that officers have been ordered to be on red alert to search for wrongdoers and wrongdoers who want to take advantage the celebration to unleash terrorist attacks against innocent Nigerians and foreigners living in the country.