Calabar - Prices of rice, groundnut oil and tomatoes have remained stable in Calabar, the Cross River capital, nine days to Christmas, a check by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has shown.
NAN investigations in some markets in Calabar showed that a bag of rice still goes for between N8 000 and N10 500, depending on the type.
A bag of Mama Africa remained at N10 500 and a bag of Stallion, N8 000.
Twenty litres of groundnut oil costs N4 800 and 10 Litres of groundnut oil, N2400.
Also, a carton of Gino tomatoes still sells at N1 300.
A rice dealer, Mr Ikechukwu Dike, told NAN that the prices of the products remained stable because transporters had not hiked fares.
"It is not time yet for prices to go up because transport costs have not increased.
"It is transportation that actually pushes up prices of commodities during Christmas," he said.
Dike also said that the manufacturing firms were still working, adding that prices could go up when manufacturing firms close for Christmas.
A consumer at Watt Market, Mrs Anita Usoro, told NAN that she had already began shopping for the festivities.
"This is the best time to shop if one has the money because you will get things cheaper now than to wait for the last day," she said.