Wednesday, February 17, 2021

COVlD-19: Prices of sanitisers skyrocket in Nigerian markets


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Following the outbreak and spread of Coronavirus, COVID-19, the prices of hand sanitisers has increased by over 100 per cent.

A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who visited some markets and stores in llorin, Kwara State, on Thursday reports that several residents’ people still clamour for it, in spite of the roof top prices.

Some pharmaceutical stores and shops where the product were sold before now in some parts of llorin, have few of the commodity and sold at exorbitant prices.

Medinat Adeyeye, who spoke with NAN, said she purchased a small bottle which was formerly sold for N300 at N700.

Speaking in similar vein, a lecturer with the Michael lmoudu National institute for Labour Studies, MlNlLS, AbdulRasaq Adeyemi-Ajayi, said the prices of sanitisers has become unbearable for several people.

He said that a medium bottle of sanitiser which was sold for N700 now attracts N1,200, noting that several residents of llorin are incapacitated to acquire.

He called on the government to wade into the sales of sanitisers with a view to curbing the unnecessary hike in price so that more Nigerians could have it.

Hamedat Oladimeji, who produces and sell sanitisers, said traders of sanitisers are making fortunes since the outbreak and spread of Coronavirus in various parts of the country.

Oladimeji said those she used to sell at N300 before the advent of Coronavirus now go for between N800 and N1000, while a carton of sanitiser which cost N15,000 before now sold for N18,000 to N20,000.

NAN observes that several residents of llorin who were unable to acquire sanitisers are using detergents to wash their hands as instructed by the government.


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