Expectation forward of Christmas and New Year birthday party amongst many seems gloomy as the festive season’s attracts closer owing to the astronomical hike in meals pieces.
Food pieces similar to rice, vegetable oil, frozen and reside chickens, tomato paste, pepper and condiments, which can be very important for Christmas and New Year events are past the achieve of many, as they lament.
However, a talk over with to a few of the main markets in Benin, the Edo State capital, displays that the costs of this stuff have risen as maximum shoppers blamed the executive for the surge in costs.
The costs of each overseas and native forms of rice have higher. For example, a 50kg bag of rice at Oba marketplace that used to promote for N40, 000 now sells for N50, 000.
Mary-Jane Eche, a make-up Artist at Upper Mission in Benin stated the price of meals pieces in the marketplace has long past past the achieve of many Nigerians.
She lamented that staple Nigeria meals similar to rice and others have long past up, noting that the similar factor carried out to different condiments.
“With the way things are, I can’t even travel this year due to the increase in petroleum prices. I am calling on the government to come to the aids of the suffering masses” She famous.
Another resident of the state, Mr Solomon Okoduwa, who seems to have resigned to destiny and the fact of the financial state of affairs stated to steer clear of melancholy, he would rejoice the xmas season with no matter he can manage to pay for for his circle of relatives.
“I can get ready like each different Christians in spite of the tough financial state of affairs we discovered ourselves in. We simply need to see the next day with hope. The price of commodities assists in keeping hovering with out the executive taking a look into it. No marketplace keep an eye on and it bites more difficult amongst the commonplace guy.
Despite the excruciating financial situation, Christians in Kwara State are bracing for a memorable christmas.
Some Christians who spoke with LEADERSHIP Weekend in Ilorin, the state capital stated they’re ready to rejoice christmas towards all odds.
Mr Kole Agbede of Sabo- Oke house, Ilorin whose circle of relatives live in Ekiti State stated: ” Christmas comes once in a year, therefore I will do everything humanly possible to travel home to celebrate it with my family. Yes, the economy is biting harder, but I will manage to travel home and also provide what my family needs to celebrate.”
Another respodent, Mr Owolabi Amos whose circle of relatives is living in Ibadan, Oyo State, expressed optimism that God will supply him the wherewithal to trip house for the birthday party.
He stated the festive length gives him plentiful alternative to keep at house for approximately every week along with his circle of relatives.
Also talking, an Ilorin based totally legal professional, Oladele Moses stated,” for now I will not say what are my plans for Christmas. We shall rejoice the competition in keeping with no matter sources which can be at our disposal.
“Things are really hard in this country that no one can even say how he or she will celebrate christmas,” Moses added.
In her response, Mrs Kemi Olowo, a trade centre operator stated, “all I will say is that we’re taking a look up to God to make provision for us in order that we will be able to rejoice christmas in our personal little approach.
She lament the skyrocketing costs of meals stuff and different family commodities like kerosene and cooking gasoline.
Osun Residents Plan Low-key Christmas Celebration
Amidst emerging price of delivery fare occasioned by way of extraordinary top worth of gas and upward push in price of commodities, Osun citizens are taking a look up to a solemn low-key Christmas birthday party.
Indication to this emerged from responses of citizens to questions raised by way of our correspondent in Osun State on their plan for the birthday party of the approaching tournament.
Speaking in Osogbo, the state capital, Mrs Janet Alonge, a widow stated that her worry used to be how to provide luxurious foods to her family right through the birthday party and not anything else.
She famous that with the emerging price of textile fabrics, she can not manage to pay for to purchase new garments for her youngsters including that even to put meals on the desk right through the birthday party has transform herculean job for her taking into consideration the the emerging price of meals pieces.
Also, Mr Emeka Irahbo who pleaded with executive for instant intervention on the lingering gas pump costs famous that except one thing drastic used to be accomplished to normalise the worth, he and his circle of relatives would no longer trip to Imo state for xmas birthday party.
Emeka who spoke with our correspondent in Osogbo lamented the upward push in the price of delivery fare pronouncing “I have alway made it a point of duty to travel home with members of my family ones in a year to celebrate Christmas, but it is very unfortunate that we may not be able to do so this year due to astronomical rise in cost of transport fare”
Food Prices, Transport Fares Remain High As Residents Prepare For Yuletide In Ekiti
About 3 weeks to the finish of the yr 2022, citizens of Ekiti state, like their opposite numbers in different portions the nation are making ready for the Christmas and new yr celebrations.
People on day by day foundation are noticed besieging main markets in Ado Ekiti, the state capital together with Okesa, marketplace, King’s marketplace, Irona marketplace and Bisi marketplace purchasing meals stuffs, clothes fabrics, sneakers and different pieces forward of xmas.
The state of affairs, it used to be accumulated, is the similar in Ikere, Ikole, Oye, Ijero, Efon and different main cities of the 16 native executive spaces of the state.
It used to be, then again, noticed by way of our correspondent who visited the markets that costs of meals pieces and different fabrics stay as top as it’s been for some months now.
Garri is offered between N250 and 350, a rubber of overseas and native rice are offered between N1300 and N1600, a kilo of meat between N2500 and N2500, small bottles of palm oil and vegetable oil are offered for N650 and N800 respectively, the smallest rubber of tomatoes and peppers N200 onions N100.
A resident, Ayodele Owolabi who spoke with the LEADERSHIP Weekend stated costs of meals stuff and different pieces all the time cross up every time xmas is drawing near however arrangements for the celebrations are on in spite of the top price of items.
“The prices of food and others are as high as ever and there is no much money to buy the commodities. But we will make do with whatever we have to take care of the family during the period. We thank God for sparing our lives up to this moment”.
Owolabi stated he would have liked travelling to Abuja on the invitation of his buddy however won’t cross as a result of the safety on the highways.
“We hope the government and the security agencies will up their game to ensure that the lives and property of the people are secured before, during and after this festive period”.
A meals stuff dealer in one in all the marketplace visited, Mrs Funke Adeoye stated patronage at this time isn’t too encouraging however expressed hope that issues will alternate in the subsequent 24 hours.
“Customers that are coming to buy keep complaining about the high prices of the food items, but we are only selling according the price bought the good”
Those travelling for the celebrations must be ready to pay extra as the delivery fares have higher sharply.
This will not be unconnected with the provide gas shortage and build up in the pump worth of the commodity.
A bus driving force plying Ado Ekiti to Lagos, Mr Rafiu Ojo stated regardless that passengers had been coming, however the patronage used to be no longer as top because it used to be final yr
“We do not know what is responsible for this but we are optimistic that the patronage will increase as we approach the Christmas and new year celebrations”.
When requested whether or not he’s going to trip this yr for the xmas, one Andrew Okon who works in the state, stated he can be travelling to Anambra state to rejoice Christmas and new yr along with his circle of relatives.
“It is what I do in December every year. I always prepare for this at the beginning of every year, so the high transport fare is not an issue”.
In Plateau, from Terminus marketplace house to the fashionable Ahmadu Bello Way and different satellite tv for pc markets round Jos and Bukuru city, it used to be stuffed to capability as each consumers and investors of products battle for area, when our correspondent visited.
Indeed, the proven fact that civil servants in the state don’t seem to be continuously paid their salaries and the hardship being confronted on account of shortage of petroleum motor spirit, other folks had been noticed thronging out to make purchases preparatory to the birthday party of Christmas.
Besides, leisure centres like amusement parks, beer joints, are jam-packed with other folks having a laugh and taking beer in the night after final from paintings.
Also retail outlets, banking halls, church auditoriums and houses had been embellished with Christmas tree and lighting.
Our correspondent who went spherical the marketplace in Jos the Plateau State noticed that costs of products and services and products has higher by way of one hundred pc.
A purchaser at the terminus marketplace, Mrs. Rabi Adams instructed our correspondent that in spite of the build up in costs of products, she has no possibility as opposed to to pick out the toddler she will manage to pay for.
She additionally cautioned different consumers to watch out no longer to over spend. The youngsters will resume college in January, it being an excessively tough month. If they spend no matter little they have got, they wouldn’t be ready to pay college charges in January.
For Dachollom Yakubu who owns a boutique at Ahmadu Bello and Charity Musa who gross sales recent vegetable the duo instructed our correspondent that as a result of build up in transportation fare, they have got to build up their costs to allow them recoup their funding, including that no dealer needs to sale at a loss.
At the Plateau Riders, NTA motor parks, delivery fares had been higher by way of one hundred pc as a result of the gas pump worth. At the time of submitting this record, few other folks had been noticed trooping into the parks to board car to more than a few vacation spot.
Mixed Feelings In Rivers
Residents of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, have expressed combined emotions over arrangements for the approaching Christmas birthday party.
While some citizens expressed the hope that they are going to take part totally in the birthday party in spite of the financial hardship being skilled in the nation, whilst others stated they’ll quietly apply the Christmas length like some other day in the yr.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP Weekend, a resident of Borokiri neighborhood in Port Harcourt City native executive house of the state, Oji Onyeuwa, stated he’s going to set up to make sure that his circle of relatives enjoys the Christmas season.
Onyeuwa stated: “You know issues are arduous, however we will have to thank God that we’re alive to rejoice this yr’s Christmas. So, I can purchase all the issues I used to purchase for my circle of relatives for Christmas, nevertheless it will not be of the similar amount because it used to be in previous celebrations.
“You are talking about economic hardship, do children know what you mean by economic hardship. They must wear new Christmas clothes and eat chicken on Christmas day.”
Speaking with LEADERSHIP Weekend additionally, a taxi driving force, Udo Humphrey, stated despite the fact that he’s satisfied to be alive to rejoice any other Christmas, he’s going to do anything else particular about the season.
Humphrey stated: “Since I came to Port Harcourt in 1999, I have never missed travelling to my hometown in Akwa Ibom State, for Christmas. But, this year, there is no money anywhere. So, I will stay with my family in Port Harcourt this Christmas. Whatever we see, we will eat.”
On her section, a feminine dealer at the Creek Road Market in Port Harcourt, Victoria Ndukwu, stated the top price of meals pieces will make it unimaginable for her and her circle of relatives to rejoice the Christmas as they wanted.
She stated: “Look at the worth of a bag of rice; what number of households can manage to pay for N40,000 to purchase a bag for the Christmas, no longer to communicate of giving to folks?
“I will travel to my village to see my parents whom I have not seen for close to sic months now. But, I have told them not to expect what I usually bring to them during festive seasons because things are really hard.”
To Abayomi Babalola, an indigene of Oyo state however a resident of Sokoto state, this yr’s xmas will likely be the first he his going to rejoice in Sokoto state, in his five-year keep in Sokoto.
He stated, “since I got here to Sokoto for the NYSC programme 5 years in the past, up until now that I’m running, I’ve no longer celebrated any of the spiritual festivities in Sokoto as a result of my circle of relatives is made up of combined spiritual ideals.
“Then, I’ve much less monetary responsibilities to attend to, in contrast to now that I’ve my younger circle of relatives to take care of. The price of transportation by myself, has made me to have a metamorphosis of plans and revel in xmas birthday party in Sokoto.
“I’ve mentioned with my spouse and we had each settled to keep in Sokoto and rejoice the xmas right here as a result of, we expended such a lot on transportation price by myself, once we each travelled house in combination for the final eid-kabir.
“There was increase in transport fare to and from home, due to high number of passengers who are traveling home. So, you can imagine what the transport fare would be now, with the attendant high price of petrol.”
When LEADERSHIP Weekend take a look at at the Sokoto Central Motor Park, delivery fare from Sokoto -Ibadan, is 11 thousand naira.
However, a member of the delivery union hinted that, in the following couple of days, there may be the probability to build up the fare as a result of the rush by way of passengers who need to trip for the xmas birthday party.
Cost of Transportation In Kaduna
Mrs Dorathy Ejimatswa says, “I sought after to trip but if I requested of the delivery fare, it’s alarming, so I’ve made up our minds no longer to trip once more pending when the state of affairs normalizes.
But for this yr’s Christmas, I’ve given up. The delivery fare from 4000 has jumped to 9000. I can ship them what I’ve as an alternative of losing it on delivery”.
“The prices of food stuffs are unimaginable, rice now sells for between N50-N55,000, 5 litres of groundnut oil sells for 8500. A reasonably sized chicken now sells for almost 8000, so this Christmas we will only manage what we can afford,” she wired.
Also, Mr John Andrew stated, he had plans to ship his circle of relatives house in Kogi for the Christmas birthday party however has to shelve it as a result of top price of transportation.
“This isn’t what we bargained for on this nation, this provide executive has failed of their guarantees and it’s unlucky. Petrol isn’t to be had and the place to be had; it isn’t inexpensive and that’s what has affected the costs of the entirety in the marketplace.
“I pray Nigerians will wise up and do the needful in 2023 by voting leaders with the fear of God that will genuinely change things for the better”.