Friday, 27 December 2019

Prices of Food Item, Goes Up-High in Yuletide Season, Say’s NBS, As Custom Continues Onslaught Against Smuggling: Olaleye Idowu


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National Bureau of Statistic has said items including tomatoes, yam, rice, Agric eggs and local eggs increase by 7.8% in its November data findings and interpretation.
The NBS in its selected food price watch for November reported that average price of medium-sized Agric eggs was N463.91 per dozen in November, against N462.46 in October, indicating a price increase of 0.31%


According NBS the item, however, decreased year-on-year by 2.90 per cent.
The average price of a piece of medium-sized Agric egg also increased month on a month by 1.65 per cent from N40.51/1 in October to N41.18 in November.
On year on a yearly basis, the price showed a decrease of 2.88 per cent.
The average price of 1kg of tomato increased from N227.50 in October to N251.21 in November, showing an increase of 7.64 per cent.
Year-on-year, the commodity decreased by 14. 66.
Further analysis of the data showed that the average price of 1kilogram of imported high-quality price increased month on month by 18.27 from N382.57 in October to N445.45 in November.
The commodity also recorded an18.27 per cent year-on-year price increase.
Similarly, the average price of 1kg of yam tuber increased month-on-month by 13.05 per cent to N203.20 in November 2019 from N179.75 in October 2019.
The commodity decreased year-on-year by 15.03 per cent.
In addition to purchases in November ahead of the December celebrations, the period was also marked by three months of border closure in which goods like rice was barred from coming into the country from neighbouring Republic of Benin, Niger and other countries.
Meanwhile operatives of the Nigeria customs service has continued to lay siege along Lagos-Abeokuta corridor and other location in its  onslaught against smuggling of imported items

Urban Express-News online  was reliably informed that the operatives were from the Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, and as a matter of sustained surveillance, they usually parked their vans at strategic corners along the routes every morning, looking out for vehicles suspected of carrying smuggled goods, most especially rice.
At the first spot, close to the Sango-Ota tollgate area, they randomly waved down vehicles suspected to be carrying rice, and thoroughly searched them, starting with their boots.
Another the spot was the failed section at Caso Bus Stop, where they parked their patrol van in a corner, with three Customs personnel standing at strategic points along the road randomly picking on suspected vehicles for the search.
Other checkpoints were found along some major roads leading to Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Sango-Ota road.
Since the closure of the land borders in August, the Customs and other security agencies such as the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps had been carrying out joint patrols at the Seme and Idiroko borders and other communities around the borders.
Since the drills started, several seizures had been made including thousands of bags rice, cartons of frozen poultry, petrol, fertilizers used in making explosives, and arms, suspected to be smuggled items.

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