Akwa Ibom Govt Gives Traders 31 Days Ultimatum To Reduce Prices of Foodstuff
Governor Udom Emmanuel has ordered traders to immediately reduce the cost of foodstuff in the state or face sanctions.
The state government said it would dissolve the leadership of any union that does not comply with the order within 31 days.
He noted that the unions were taking undue advantage of the poor economic situation in the country to inflate prices of foodstuffs, thereby causing unnecessary hardship among the people.
The statement reads:
“If you are not their member and you bring in bags of garri into the market, they will seize them from you. If you look at it, there are no Customs duties on garri, and garri is not purchased with dollars, so it is the union that is causing the price increase.
“We will not continue to fold our hands and watch them do this; the unions must give traders the free hand to sell their goods.