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Eid El Fitri: Food Prices Soar In Ondo

Prices of Food items soared high with Ramadan ending as Muslims celebrate Eid El Fitri.

Radio Nigeria reporter who went on market survey in Akure reports that both consumers and traders complained bitterly of the development.

According to the survey , a cartoon of fish sold for 34,000 naira is now sold for 40,000 naira , a 25 litres of groundnut oil is 37,000 naira as against 32,000 naira and a Kongo of beans moved to 1,400 naira from 1,100 naira while white beans rose from 800 naira to 950 naira.

For vegetables , a small basket of bell pepper , popularly known as rodo was sold for 1,700 naira , a Congo of melon sold at 2000 naira as against 1500 naira, 5kg of semolina increased from 2,700 naira to 3,000 naira while a pack of spaghetti that was sold for between 6500 naira sold for 7200 naira.

Meanwhile, the prices of foreign and Nigerian rice remained the same with Foreign rice at 32,000 naira and Nigerian rice between 28,000 naira and 30,000 naira.

Some Residents who spoke with Radio Nigeria lamented incessant hike in the prices of foodstuffs saying the situation was becoming unbearable for ordinary Nigerians.

A house wife, Mrs Risikat Adeoye said she had to drag her husband to the market for him to have a firsthand information of the ugly development While a retailer,.Mrs Nike Anifowose appealed to the government to Increase workers salary and find a lasting solution to the increases in prices of food item.

For muslims in Akoko areas of the state , engaging fully in the Zakat Fitri , an essential part of the Ramadan which involves giving to the needy for the Eid El Fitri celebration might be difficult due to hike in the prices of foods.

Market survey in the area indicates about 200% price increase on commodities partly due to insecurity aside the general inflation in the country as farmers abandoned their farmlands for fear of being Kidnapped or killed .

The Chairman , Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs , Akoko Northwest council, Sheik Basiru Aminu however charged muslims to celebrate moderately but encouraged them to perform the Zakat ftri to make their fasting valid and rewarding.

Tosin Aderibigbe

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