Expectation ahead of Christmas and New Year Festive season among many Nigerians appears gloomy owing to the hike in prices of food items And transportation
This is Jimeta in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria.
Some essential food items have become increasingly difficult for people with low budget to purchase due to price increments almost daily.
Traders here said the high cost of food and non food items ahead of festivities were testimonies of Nigeria’s harsh economic condition. They explained further that many people may celebrate the yuletide low key.
Track of Aliyu Bala foodstuff Dealer
Food items such as rice, vegetable oil, frozen and live chickens, tomato paste, pepper and other ingredient which are essential for Christmas and New Year celebrations are beyond the reach of many.
Stakeholders say the increase in price of foodstuffs in Adamawa may not be unconnected with the recent flood which wrecked more damage to farm produce.
Track of Yola Resident Customer Golaria Ukwa
While the prices have gone through the roof, transportation fares did not also spare anyone. It is causing a serious economic crisis for residents, especially in a country where the majority are living in poverty.
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For his part Yelwa Dio – The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Yola Adamawa State, has advised motorists to drive with caution during Christmas.
The FRSC Adamawa State Commander, Mr Yelwa Dio, gave this advice at a interview in Yola on Friday.
He particularly warned motorists against the use of bad tyres, especially the ones referred to as “tokunbo’’ otherwise called fairly used tyres.
According to him, they organized a rally as part of the FRSC ember months programme to educate and sensitize motorists as well as create awareness for all road users on safety during these festivities.
As Christmas is always characterised with heavy human and vehicular movement, therefore, drivers need to drive safely and adhere strictly to the rules and regulations guiding the use of roads, he said.
Track of YELWA DIO FRSC Adamawa State Commander
Dio, however, urged motorists to shun all unsafe practices as speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, overloading and use of mobile phone while driving.