Christmas: Prices of foodstuffs rise as holiday makers leave Lagos

| December 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

One day to Christmas, prices of foodstuffs have continued to soar in parts of the country, with the dealers, however, blaming the increase on cost of transporting the foodstuff to the markets and points of sale.   

In Lagos, holidays makers have been leaving the city to celebrate Christmas in their home towns and villages.  At Mazamaz, a major motor park on the Lagos-Badadry Expressway, hundreds could be sighted on Friday making booking with the various transportation companies operating from the park.

Some of the commercial transporters who were seen busy attending to intended travelers especially to the eastern parts of the country are Chisco, G.U.Okeke, Abia Line, AKTC, Young Shall Grow.

A traveler who identified himself as Maxwell Uba, from Anambra State, told Cityfile, it has been his practice the last six years to travel home with members of family every Christmas. “This year cannot be an exception,” Uba told Cityfile, as he cuddled his three-year-old son.

At Ojuelegba in Surulere, another major park in the commercial city, Arit Abang, a native of Akwa Ibom State, told Cityfile, she was travelling to home state to celebrate the Christmas festivity with her family. Asked whether she does this every year, she said “yes I travel home every year because Christmas is better celebrated with loved ones and family members.”

It was the same scenario in Yaba and Jibowu areas and of Lagos, where hundreds were sighted booking with different transport companies to make the homeward trip for Christmas.  A Jibowu, Adamson Adaba, an indigene of Edo State, however, said he does not travel everywhere because he visits home on a regular basis. “But this year, I really feel like I should celebrate at home with my aged parants,” he said.

Meanwhile, a market survey in Lafia, Nasarawa State, by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) showed that a 50 kg Thai parboiled rice has risen to between N9,200 and N9,500 as against 8,750 sold at the beginning of this month. Similarly, a 25 kg bag of similar brand which was previously sold for between N3,700 and N3,800 now sells for between N4,500 and N5,000.

Ejike Odoh, a rice dealer in Lafia market, told NAN on Friday that the increase was caused by high transport fare as well as the increase in demand.

According to him, “Sellers do not just increase the prices of goods like that,the problem is that there is increase in transport fares in conveying these good from either Abuja or Lagos to the state. For us to cover the unit cost of these goods, including the transport fares, we have to increase the prices of the products also.”

Aloysius Eze, a vegetable oil dealer in Doma road, Lafia, said that 18 litres of Sous vegetable oil which was previously sold at between N4,500 and N4,650 now cost between N4,800 and N5,000. He, however, said the price of turkey oil did not increase and attributed the stable price to high quantity of old stock.

The prices of onions and tomatoes have also increase as Usman Sale, an onion dealer, said a bag of onion, which was sold for N6,000 now attracts N35,000 in the market. He attributed the increase to high transport fares and security crisis in onion producing states, including Bauchi, and Borno.

Abdullahi Dan’Asabe and Adamu Abdullahi, dealers in tomatoes said that a basket of tomatoes was sold at N4,500 and N5,000 as against N1,500 and N1,800 in November. (NAN)


In Lagos, findings showed that a 50 kg bag of Mama Gold brand of rice, now sells as high as between N10,000 and N11,000 depending on where the consumer buys it. This is against the previous price of between N8,000 and N9,000 earlier in the year.

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