The Iyaloja of Ekiti State, Mrs. Omowaye Oso, on Tuesday led a task force that went round major markets to force down ‘high’ prices of foodstuff on sale. Foodstuffs affected by price reduction on the orders of the Iyaloja included Garri, local rice popularly known as “Buhari rice” and palm oil. A rubber of garri which used to sell for N200 was reduced to N100, twenty litres of palm oil which used to sell at N22,000 was reduced to N15,000 while a rubber of local rice was sold at the market at N400 as against N500.
In an interview with journalists, the Iyaloja said: “The cost of goods especially foodstuffs are too high in Ado Ekiti and it is the state capital that prices of goods and services should be the cheapest. The market women should have mercy on the poor because things are too expensive here unlike other Ekiti towns and villages. It is very unfortunate that market women in other communities don’t want to sell in their places, they now bring their wares to Ado because they believe they will sell it twice the price of what they supposed to sell it in their communities.
“As the Iyaloja, one of my responsibilities is that people don’t buy at cut-throat prices and we have the support of the state government, the Ewi and his chiefs in carrying out this exercise which will be a continuous one and be repeated in all markets in Ado. It is unfortunate that 20 litres of palm oil which sells at N14,000 in Ikole is being sold at N22,000 in Ado but we have sold it at N15,000 now as against the N22,000 they hitherto sell it.
“The Kabiyesi has said he does not want hardship for the people of Ado. We have forced down the price of a rubber (bowl) of local rice from N500 to N400, Garri from N200 to N100. Ado is now getting a bad reputation for high prices of goods and services but we will not allow this to continue. We will continue to carry out our raids until our market women comply and anyone who cannot comply must look elsewhere to sell her wares. If you can’t sell your Palm oil at lower prices, don’t bring it down to Ado again.”