The scarcity of petrol and naira notes in Nigeria has had a severe impact on the country’s economy. Inflation rates have skyrocketed in recent weeks, eroding the purchasing power of consumers who are already struggling with rising prices. This situation is compounded by exorbitant charges from point-of-sale (POS) operators and an increase in transportation costs due to fuel shortages. As a result, it is not surprising that food prices are steadily rising.
The current situation has affected people’s lives across the nation. Ratecaptain conducted a field survey to know how the current situation is affecting Nigerians.
Olaleye Tolulope, a Lagos-based mother of three, told RateCaptain about her struggles with buying foodstuffs from local markets because the prices of foodstuffs have gone up. According to the markets, the cause of the increase in food prices is a rise in transportation costs.
“I am living below the poverty line; the increase in prices of goods, transportation, and even housing has made things so hard for me and my family, I pray that God should intervene for Nigerians because it’s only him that can save us,” Mr. Taiwo told RateCaptain
Mr. Chidi Eze, a businessman, told ratecaptain that things have been really difficult in his business due to the current situation, Transporting his goods from Lagos to Imo State is so expensive that he has to increase the price of the goods due to the increase in transportation costs.
Mr. Victor Edueps, an economist and analyst at the University of Ritman, spoke with Ratecaptain about the current situation with rising prices in Nigeria. He expressed his concern for many people who are struggling financially due to unemployment or other economic factors such as reduced wages or salaries that make it difficult for them to afford necessities like food and rent payments. This inflationary effect is felt by the common Nigerian, making it even more difficult for those already living paycheck-to-paycheck just to survive.
Mr. Edueps believes that this trend will continue unless something changes soon because there simply isn’t enough money circulating within Nigeria’s economy right now; people don’t have enough disposable income available, which means they can’t spend on goods or services, which further limits growth potential across all sectors of industry in Nigeria’s economy overall. Mr. Edueps urges that government policies should be put into place right now in order to both lessen and counteract these impacts before they get out of hand and cause irreparable long-term harm.
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