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Xmas: Kaduna Residents Lament Insecurity, Fuel Scarcity, Rising Cost Of Foodstuff

By Adedayo Said

Residents of Kaduna State on Tuesday lamented the daily increase in prices of foodstuff and transportation, insecurity coupled with poverty in the land barely three weeks to the Christmas celebration.

Some residents who spoke to DAILY POST in Kaduna said they are expecting miracles, as all their previous expectations have become fruitless.

According to Dr Samsonite Awuku of the Sabon Tasha community, who sells rice, beans and gari wholesale, his main suppliers have been cut off since August, when insecurity was at its peak; adding that most of his suppliers from other states were attacked, while others were killed by their abductors.

Following this, prices of the foodstuff continued to increase daily.

“We buy in wholesale and sell to retailers who add little money and sell to consumers. But, since our suppliers were cut off, and we are now buying from others just to survive, the price keeps increasing,” he said,

Mrs Juliet Obonyilo, a market woman Trinkania-Kaduna, expressed fears over the continuous rise of foodstuff due to unavailable farm produce and an increase in transport fare due to fuel scarcity.

According to her, even if you risk your life, and go to a bush market to buy foodstuff, the cost of transportation alone is more than the total cost of foodstuff.

Mrs Rose Ademu, a widow who lives in Kakuri-Kaduna, lamented the hardship eroding the family since the departure of their breadwinner.

According to her, her husband was killed by his abductors after demanding a N500,000 ransom. Since then, the means of livelihood for her and five grown-up children has become difficult.

According to her, the situation worsened since the fuel increase, adding that some days, they stayed hungry, and other days, they have one square meal a day.

However, Umoru Shuaibu, who stays in Barnawa-Kaduna, said Christmas and the new year are no longer new since it’s a yearly ritual, noting that they are hoping on God.

He further explained that since he has nothing to take care of the family, he prayed for the day as those who have would surely share enough.

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