Bad roads: Awka residents decry high cost of foodstuff in spite of rain

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RESIDENTS  of Awka, the Anambra State capital have bemoaned the increasing prices of foodstuffs, which they have blamed on the poor state of the roads and the lack of access road for easy transportation of produce out of the hinterland.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka, on Friday in separate interviews with buyers and sellers of foodstuff on their experiences so far, gathered that there was need for access roads to ameliorate high cost being experienced.

Mr Innocent Nwobu, a farmer called on the state government to help farmers to be able to transport their produce to the mainland without paying much.

He said: “It will be good for everybody when our roads leading to our farms are graded to a motorable condition.

“We pay much in conveying our produce to the market places which means that we have to add more money to our buyers thereby affecting the consumers.”

Mrs Ngozi Nkpume, a trader said that bad roads were causing unnecessary increase in price of foodstuff.

“We need roads to be able to carry our purchased produce to our shops without paying so much on transportation.

“Ordinarily, this rainy period should have made foodstuff lower in its price but the reverse is the case because of bad roads,” she said.

Mr Nweke Nwobu, a retired civil servant called on the state government to do something urgently on the issue of bad roads from our agrarian communities.

“We have notable areas that produce foodstuff of different kinds in Anambra, nothing stops the state government from grading their roads so as to help us to buy these things cheaper than it is now,” he said.

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