‘Pure Water’ Hawkers Protest Hike In Price in Abuja, Benin

Economic activisties in Kubwa, Abuja and Benin City, Edo State, were temporarily brought to a halt, Thursday, as sachet water sellers, complained of hike in price of selling a bag of satchet water.
Popularly known as ‘Pure Water’, the sellers lamented that a bag of the product which usually contains 20 sachets and which was initially sold for N100 (Naira), now goes for N150.
They further argued that if the situation was not addressed urgently, they could be out of business.
They lamented that before when a bag sold for N100, they made little gain but now that a bag sells between N140 and N150, there was no gain for them due to low patronage as nobody is willing to buy a sachet for N20
“Now that we sell at N15 and N20, people who drank five or more sachets have reduced their patronage, unlike when we sold at N10 per sachet. Lamenting that it was unbearable for them to sell at the new price and still make profit
To compound their woes they claimed:. “We pay levy of between N20 to N50 every day before we are allowed to sell in motor parks and with the current situation, things are beyond our limit”.
Also in Benin, Edo State capital, thee increase in price however sparked protest from hawkers, lamenting poor sales.
They said a bag of satchet water that before sold for N100 per bag now sells for N150 per bag.
One of the protesting ladies who spoke to reporters said the situation was worsen with the N60 paid daily to council officials.
She said they could not cope with the hike in price which would leave them making N30 profit for very bag of satchet water sold.
Her words, “They said dollar has gone up. Whether dollar is in the water, we don’t know.”
Another hawker, Mrs. Enoma Blessing, said people that used to consume four satchet water now buy only one per day.
A water factory owner, Mr. Irhue John, ascribed the hike in price to increase in sourcing for packing materials.
Irhue said a film roll that sold for N600,000 last week now sells for N920,000 while packaging material rose from N3300 to N5000.
According to him, “Nobody can give water treatment and sell at the former price of N100. It is a terrible situation we have found ourselves.
“It is the sourcing of the materials that is causing these problems”, he added.

Author: News Editor

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