We’ll stabilize food prices ahead of Ramadan – Kano traders assure residents
By Muhammad Alhaji
The traders in Kano have assured residents of the state of stabilizing prices of food and other essentials ahead of the month of Ramadan.
The traders made this known when they sought an audience with Chairman of Kano Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), Barr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin-Gado over allegations of hoarding commodities at the expense of the masses on Monday.
SOLACEBASE had reported that the commission on Sunday sealed ten warehouses allegedly hoarding assorted food items at Dawanau International Grains market.
Speaking to journalists on behalf of the traders, after meeting with Rimin-Gado, one of the major dealers at Singer market, Alhaji Ibrahim Danyaro said they are going to work hand in hand with the commission to ensure that there is price control in order to ease life for people in Kano and beyond.
Alhaji Danyaro maintained that dealers at Singer Market do not hoard goods at the expense of the consumers.
“We are pleased to inform you that following the recent operations by the Anti-graft Commission we have come with invoices and other documents to prove to the commission that we are not in any way engaged in hoarding of commodities at the Singer market.
“We have proved beyond reasonable doubt that we don’t engage in such. Our problem is from the producers of the goods. They are the ones increasing the prices unconditionally. What we buy today is not what we will buy tomorrow.
“We have reached an agreement with the commission, that we are not going to increase the prices of goods even as we sell below the company price, because we have old stock.”
“We want His Excellency the state governor to address this issue by meeting with the manufacturers to get to the root of the consistent increase in prices.”
In his remarks, Rimin-Gado said any trader found guilty of hoarding commodities would be punished accordingly.
Similarly in the same vain, traders from the Dawanu International Grains Market, promised just like their counterparts, from the singer market, to immediately reduce prices the prices of their goods.
Speaking on behalf of the traders, Alhaji Ibrahim Nafiu Abdullahi, assured that the prices of their goods would be reduced to make life bearable for the people.
They distanced themselves from hoarding, promising to collaborate with the government to ensure that the prices of their items are affordable