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Kano govt takes action: unseals 10 warehouses accused of hoarding foodstuffs



Kano govt takes action: unseals 10 warehouses accused of hoarding foodstuffs

Kano govt takes action: unseals 10 warehouses accused of hoarding foodstuffs


In a bold move to address the pressing issue of food scarcity and economic strain, the Kano State Government has taken decisive action by unsealing 10 warehouses accused of hoarding foodstuffs. This development, spearheaded by the Government of Kano Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission, marks a significant step towards alleviating the burden faced by citizens amid the ongoing food crisis.

Muhyi Magaji, the chairman of the commission, confirmed this pivotal decision in a telephone interview with The Punch. Magaji emphasized that the owners of the previously sealed warehouses have been directed to open their doors and make their stock available to the public, effectively curbing the alleged hoarding practices that have exacerbated the food crisis in the region.

The repercussions of this action have been swift and impactful, with Magaji noting a notable decrease in the prices of foodstuffs and grains not only in Kano but also in neighbouring states. He remarked, “The action taken by the commission has forced the dealers to bring the commodities to markets as well as reduce their prices.”

A comprehensive assessment conducted by the commission included visits to prominent markets such as Dawanau International Grains Market, Singer Market, and Kwari Market, among others. The tangible results of these efforts are evident in markets beyond Kano, including Shuwari market in Jigawa and Faskari, where a significant reduction in grain prices has been observed.

Magaji reiterated that the sealing of the warehouses played a crucial role in curbing the alarming increase in prices of grains and essential commodities in the state. This proactive intervention serves as a testament to the government’s commitment to addressing the root causes of the food crisis and safeguarding the welfare of its citizens.

Furthermore, Magaji debunked claims made by the Management of Dawanau International Grains Market, asserting that there was indeed evidence of hoarding practices contributing to artificial scarcity. The state anti-graft agency had previously issued stern warnings to hoarders and profiteers, signaling its determination to hold accountable those responsible for exacerbating the plight of the people.

In response to the commission’s threats, grain dealers in the market swiftly adjusted their pricing strategies, leading to a notable reduction in the prices of essential grains. The price of a bag of grains, which previously stood at N60,000, plummeted to N53,000, signaling a welcome relief for consumers burdened by inflated costs. Similarly, the price of guinea corn experienced a significant drop from N55,000 to N49,000 per bag.

The decisive actions taken by the Kano State Government underscore its unwavering commitment to prioritizing the welfare of its citizens and addressing the pressing challenges facing the state. By unsealing the warehouses and cracking down on hoarding practices, the government has taken proactive steps to mitigate the impact of the food crisis and restore stability to the local economy.

As citizens across Kano and neighbouring states welcome the positive outcomes of these interventions, there is renewed optimism for a brighter future characterized by improved access to essential commodities and enhanced economic resilience. The government’s resolute stance against hoarding and price manipulation serves as a beacon of hope for all Nigerians grappling with the repercussions of the ongoing food crisis.

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