Enugu – Some residents of Enugu have decried the high cost of onions in markets within the metropolis.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who conducted a survey on the commodity, reports that a small bag of onion cost about N22, 000.
The big bag of the commodity cost as high as N40, 000 in the markets.
Some women interviewed in Enugu told NAN that the high cost was connected to relative scarcity of the commodity.
A mother, Mrs Veronica Chibuzor, said that as at September, N200 worth of onion could not be enough for preparing two meals for her family within a week.
“It is surprising that onions of N500 could not be sufficient for soup and stew for my family of five in a month,’’ Chibuzor said.
Another mother, Mrs Ogechi Obi, said that in markets, one could hardly get a sizable onion for N20; adding “a sizable bulb of onion is sold at N50 since October.’’
At Garki Market, a shopper, Mrs Adaobi Okeke, told NAN that she could not buy as the money she budgeted for the commodity was not enough to get the quantity she planned to buy.
At Onion Market, Akwata, a trader, Malam Usman Biu, said that the price of the commodity was high due to high cost of transport and inter-state levies on the commodity.
Another trader, Mr Chijioke Egbe, expressed fear that the price of the commodity would rise further in the next three weeks, “ because the yuletide will likely put more pressure on onion price in the state.’’ (NAN)