Some consumers of foodstuffs in Port Harcourt have expressed worry over the increase in prices in the state. The consumers said increase in prices of foodstuff may not be unconnected with the dwindling economic fortunes in the country.
According to them, the increase in prices, if not checked, could cause food crisis as most people cannot afford it. They however called on the government to take appropriate steps that could compel the traders to bring down prices of foodstuff to the reach of the common man.
Betty Longjohn, a house wife with three children said things are getting worse every day and it is only by the grace of God that the family is surviving .
She further noted that a basin of garri that used to cost N2,000 is now sold at N3,000, a cup of rice that was at N60.00 is now N70.00 and a cup of beans now costs N60.00 instead of N50.
According to her, the price increase also affected other foodstuffs for which reason some families are finding it difficult to survive.
Another consumer, Ms Aberemieka Donald also lamented over the increasing price of foodstuff in the market and called on government to look for a solution to alleviate the suffering of the people.
In her remarks, Comfort Inde said the price of everything in the market is sky-rocketed, that it is telling on the low income earners and those with large families.
Inde said with N5,000 in the pocket, she could only buy a handful of food stuffs because of the hike in price, and called for urgent steps to be taken.