RESIDENTS of Ilorin, the
Kwara State capital, have
lamented the indiscriminate
increase in the price of
sachet water popularly
called ‘pure water’.
Findings by Nigerian Pilot
revealed that the product
is now sold between N160
and N200 per bag in the
metropolis as against the
initial price, which ranged
from N120 to N140.
Speaking with our
correspondent, some
concerned residents
accused sachet water
producers of increasing
the price of the commodity
indiscriminately.
An Ilorin-based estate
agent, Kabiru Aremu, said
the product is what most
people rely on as the only
source of drinkable water.
He noted that the price
of the product has been
increased incessantly in
the past few months to the
detriment of consumers.
Another consumer, Mrs.
Bello Raji, said: “A sachet
of water before now was
sold for N5, but suddenly
it increased to two for N15,
but now it goes for N10 per
sachet, while some retailers
are even selling the product
at N15 per sachet. A bag of
sachet water was sold for
N140, but now it costs N180
and even N200 per bag
in some areas within the
metropolis.’’
Another consumer, Adeola
Nurudeen, accused the
producers of insensitivity
to the plight of the masses,
saying, “If we say the
economic situation is bad, we
should not make life harder
for ourselves, the situation
is unimaginable and no one
is telling us why.’’
But reacting, the Kwara
State Chairman, Association
of Table Water Producers,
ATWAP, Musa Kayode,
explained that the high
cost of production was
responsible for the increase
in the price of the commodity.
“Despite the cost of raw
materials for production, we
still consider the interest of
the masses. The economic
situation is taking its toll on
the business. We buy diesel
and pay our employees.
“In addition, we pay tax to
the government including
other costs of running daily
operations. So, it was an
unanimous decision by all
water producing companies
in the state to sell at N130
per bag of sachet water,” he
said.

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