Edo Council Chief Warns Local Traders, Over Price Hike In Food Items.
Coronavirus Pandemic disease is perceived across the world as the all-time deadly disease that barely spares both the rich and the poor.
Knowing how deadly it is, the world has become ever United in the fight against its spreads across the globe.
In reducing the further spread of the disease, experts, have recommended that people must abstain from all forms of close gatherings by remaining indoor while observing personal hygiene.
These traits have also led to government placing in some states with low numbers of incidence or case recorded since the first index case in Nigeria, partial lockdown
Edo state being a cardinal link between other States may have witnessed lower numbers of such incidences.
Despite various measures to abate the spread put in place by Governor Godwin Obaseki and his footsoldiers, Some profits profile seeking traders in Benin Metropolis, may have implored new strategy to frustrate the courageous zealous loin and the people.
One of such strategy implored has become hike in food items.
Food is a basic essential of life, therefore, when it’s not available the essence of life is defeated and life itself becomes meaningless and unattractive.
If prices of food items are unnecessarily jacked up, directives will fail to work, because those to obey the directives face stiff hunger threats
For the Chairman, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government, Dr Eric Osayande, it’s unfair to pile up more senseless hike on Consumers amid COVID-19 forlorn.
Dr Osayande understands this principle clearly when he directed traders of food items and retail pharmacies in the LGA to cut down prices of their commodities
It would be recalled that the Council Chairman, passed the directive on Friday 27 March 2020 during a visit to some markets to check traders’ level of compliance to the stay-at-home order by the Edo State Government
The Council Chairman has also visited some pharmacies in the locality to ascertain their mode of operations in the face of the dreaded COVID-19
Speaking at Ekiomwenigho Market, Osayande urged traders of food commodities to reduce the prices of their wares, Stressing, “it will only be wicked to skyrocket prices at this time of great difficulty”
A similar directive has equally been passed to pharmaceutical operators in the locality to maintain a reduced price of commodities
According to him, “at a time like this, when limited resources become overstretched, the noble thing to do as medical experts is to reduce the price of services and commodities so that Ikpoba-Okha people who are also feeling the heat of hard times can measure up in the purchase of goods and services”
“I implore you to cut down on your prices as this is not the time for profit-making, rather it is the most appropriate period to save lives,” Osayande added
However, the Osayande-led administration has created emergency response zones in Iwogban, Ugbekun and Ogheghe health centres to halt the possible spread of the pandemic disease in the area.