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The price of commodities has increased in major markets across Nigeria.

According to NAN, after conducting a market survey in Enugu state, the Eastern part of Nigeria; the news agency revealed that the prices of commodities had increased compared to what it was few months ago.

Residents in the state were seriously lamenting scarcity of commodities such as onion and its sudden price inflation.

The price of a bag of onions now sells for between N28,000 and N32,000 as against N12, 000 and N14, 500.

An onions seller at the Akwata Market, Mrs Gift Agu, attributed the onion price increase to its planting season.

“The scarcity of onion is not only experienced in Enugu but also where the commodity is largely produced.

“Places like Sokoto, Kano and Jos, where we buy them from, are experiencing the scarcity too, though not as much as we in the southern part of the country,” Agu said.

She said some months back, onion was sold for between N11, 500 and N14,500, irrespective of the states they were bought from.

Also surveying at Abuja, Mrs Onyeka Onah, another onions trader at Garki market said that the price of onion would further increase as its season of abundance was gradually fading.

Mr Samson Ukoha, an onions seller at Mayor Market, said that onions sellers were made to pay for some charges aside the actual price of the commodity, whenever they bought from onions wholesalers.

Ukoha said that those charges included land fees, where the commodity was bought, the amount collected by the truck pushers and the transportation fare.

He urged government to build storage facilities for traders so that perishable items such as onions could be preserved for its steady availability for consumption through out the year.

Mrs Chioma Ogbu, a civil servant lamented that N100 worth of onion could no longer be enough to cook a meal for her family due to its lack of availability.

Ogbu said the scarcity of onions was an annual occurrence, adding that toward the end of every year, onions gradually disappeared from the market.

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