Bag of ‘Pure Water’ now sells N300, Nigeria is finished!

By AdvocateNews on 06/10/2021

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Bags of packaged Sachet water
Bags of packaged Sachet water

Nigerians living in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, have lamented the over hundred percent rise in the price of sachet water popularly known as ‘Pure Water’ .

According to them, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has finally finished the masses by taking ‘ordinary’ water out of their reach.

Findings showed that what is known as a bag of sachet water which contains 20 sachets, is now sold for N200 to N250 by factories while retailers sell for N300 to N400 as against the initial price of Between N80 to N150.

This means that a 50 cl sac of ‘pure water’, which was sold for N10 before, is now sold for between N20 and N30, depending on the area.

Resellers such as cold room operators may sell at N240 a bag.

This development follows the trend of minute by minute rise in prices of goods and services in the country currently battling unimaginable inflation.

Some sections of Abuja residents who shared their grievances lamented that “pure water” has been their saviour due to the unavailability of a reliable supply of safe and hygienic water.

Findings further reveal that millions of people, especially in commercial cities, shanties and rural areas rely on the popular “pure water” for their daily drinking needs.

“Pure water” producers, under the Association of Table Water Producers Association of Nigeria, on Thursday announced they have imposed an increase due to rising production costs.

“Water producers are to sell to their customers if less than 100 bags at N200 per bag,” the notice partly said.

However, some ‘pure water’ companies in Abuja cited the increase in cost of production, saying that they could no longer afford to produce at a loss.

“We can’t continue the way we were going. At a point, many of us wanted to shut down completely but after our general meeting last week, we decided to carry on but not as we use to,” one of the factory operators, who pleaded not to be mentioned, said.

“What is the essence of venturing into a business if instead of making gains you are losing the little one you’ve secured. Prices of raw materials we use for production are now 200 percent higher than what we used to buy them. So the only option to remain in business is to increase the price of the product,” he added.

Nigerians on the streets of Abuja and market places are not happy with the development and are calling on the government to show more concern to the plight of ordinary Nigerians.

Posted 06/10/2021 10:29:23 AM

 

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