IMPLICATIONS OF HIKE IN FOODSTUFFS, KEROSENE AND COOKING GAS TO ORDINARY NIGERIANS
Insecurity challenge such as kidnapping, herdsmen and banditry have posed a serious threat to the lives and well-being of ordinary Nigerians coupled with increase in dollar which has underlying negative impact on naira.
This challenge has affected the people’s way of life, their freedom of movement, freedom of worship and the chief of them all, agriculture, just to mention a few.
Not quite long, the federal government introduced programs to encourage Nigerians move into agriculture especially youths since there is no much job opportunities in the country. This was done with the sole aim to shift focus from crude oil into agriculture by supplying farmers with some farm inputs, like seeds, fertilizers, weed control chemicals, and little grant to enable them meet farming requirements. Unfortunately, the surge in kidnapping and banditry cases, herdsmen destroying and killing of farmers in their farms in this country have truncated whatever plans both from the federal government and the farmers in particular.
Reason being that no one wants to die just because he/she chooses to be a subsistence or commercial farmer. Sincerely, the fear of kidnappers, bandits and herdsmen has greatly discouraged farming in the country and the implication on ordinary Nigerians today is very enormous.
Since farmers’ activity has been restrained, some that uses firewood for cooking does not have access to it any longer, and this has informed total dependence on kerosene and cooking gas hence the hike of over 100% as between June- August 2021 and promises to go higher if nothing is done.. Today one litre of kerosene is sold for four hundred naira, and one kilogram (1kg) of cooking gas is about six hundred and seventy-five naira.
There is a true saying that, “a hungry man is an angry man”. Some parents in Nigeria today can barely provide two square meal let alone of a complete square meal for their family. And this is because they can’t afford it, due to high cost of living. Presently in the Northern Nigeria, Sokoto state to be precise, one mudu of rice is sold for N 1400, one mudu of beans for N 1600, one mudu of garri for N 700, a litre of palm oil for N 800, and a litre of groundnut oil for N 950.
This has never been the situation in this country. A big question remains “where are we heading to?” How did we get here? What is the way forward? Do we lack capacity to fight insecurity as a nation? We consume more and produce less! And no nation can survive that way.
It is so unfortunate our leaders have decided to keep quiet and watch things fall apart. Honestly, we as a nation is suffering from misplaced priority, what matters most should be the well-being of the citizenry for crying out loud!
And the implication includes surge in corruption including armed robbery, drug pushing, prostitution, frustration, broken homes and divorce, struggle for survival, starvation, malnutrition especially on the part of children among others.
Today, I have decided to lend my voice with concerned citizens to say let’s wake up as a nation from every slumber and do the right thing at the right time. Let’s look inward and do something. Every citizen should be passionate and ask him/herself what I can do to help. As we join efforts together, hopefully we shall overcome and insecurity shall be a story of the past.
God bless Nigeria!