Akwa Ibom - Prices of foodstuffs have increased in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom as Christmas approaches, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN survey in the Udua Nka Market at Eket shows that the foodstuffs affected included rice, beans and yams, as well as tin tomatoes and groundnut oil.
The survey showed that 50 kilogrammes of rice, which earlier sold for between N9,000 and N10 500 now, sells for between N13 500 and N15 000, depending on the brand.
A milk tin of rice, which formerly sold for N50 between September and November, now sells for N70 in the market.
Glory Egbedi, a rice seller, said however that she had been recording low sales, and expressed the hope that the situation would improve few days to Christmas.
Egbedi said the customers now preferred the rice imported from Cameroon to Nigeria’s rice, because the former was cheaper.
Charity Oscar, a housewife, expressed shock at the price increase, noting however that the price of garri had remained constant.
NAN reports that the price of 70 grammes of Gino tin tomato rose from N2 300 to N2 600, as 20 litres of vegetable oil, earlier selling for N4 500 now sells for N6 000.
Five litres of groundnut oil, which formerly sold for N8 400, now sells for N9 600.
The price of a bag of brown beans is now N17 000 as against N15 000 while a cup of beans is selling for N60 as against N50.