Our economic predicament man -made – Emir of Keffi

The Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa lll, has called on traders hoarding food items in Nasarawa state for the purpose of making profit to reconsider their decisions in the interest of humanity and development of the state.

He decried the rate at which traders all over the country inflate the prices of their commodities without regulatory control of prices by authorities.

He therefore, called on institutions of government to rise to the occasion of checkmating and penalising erring traders who sell beyond reasonable rates.

He stated this at his palace on Friday, in Keffi, Nasarawa state when he received a delegation of the Nasarawa state Traders and Marketers Association on a sensitization tour over rising cost of living.

Yamusa said that the business community was to blame for unnecessary increase in prices of goods in the market, which currently causing untold hardship on Nigerians.

He however, called on government to help in ameliorating the sufferings of Nigerians, lauding the efforts of the union to sensitise their members on supporting government’s action for sustainable economic reforms.

“Government must help the people to ameliorate this suffering. I know this is not the first time such is happening. I advise that marketing board can reserve food and sell it at a cheaper rate when it is scarce or expensive.

Speaking, President Nasarawa state Traders and Marketers Association, Musa Turaki-Gamji said that it became necessary to enlighten their members on how to contribute their quota in stabilising the economy to help the poor and the needy.

Gamji emphasised that the union is touring the zones of the state to sensitize traders on supporting government’s plans to assuage the plight of the people.

Managers of Keffi Neighbourhood Market and Akwanga Neighbourhood Market, commended the uprightness of the association’s leaders, promising to give their support for the benefits of the masses.