Prices of some building materials recorded six per cent increase in some major towns in Delta between January and April due to the rise in the cost of transportation.

Survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that the commodities affected during the period were sharp sand, iron rod, granite and cement blocks.

The survey shows that a double tipper load of sharp sand which was sold for N13,000 in Asaba early January, sold for N14,000 during the last week of April.

A single tipper load of the item which was also sold for N7,000 in January in Asaba and its environs went for N8,000 in April.

The survey also reveals that within same period the price of granite also went up across the state.

A double tipper load of the commodity sold for N15, 000 in Asaba, Ughelli, Agbor and Sapele in January sold for N16, 000 in April.

A bag of Elephant brand of cement which was sold for N1, 600 in Sapele earlier in the year was sold for N1, 700 in April.

NAN reports that the same brand which was sold for N1, 600 in Asaba and Warri in January was later sold for N1, 650.

The survey also shows that the price of iron rod in Asaba and Issele-Uku moved up during the period under review.

A single bar of 1.3-inch of the commodity sold for N1, 900 and N1, 100 in April in Asaba and Issele-Uku against N1, 850 and N1, 000 respectively in January.

The investigation further revealed that cement blocks also recorded the slight price difference in Asaba, Warri, Issele-Uku and Agbor within the period under review.

Nine-inch and six-inch cement blocks which were sold for between N110 and N100 respectively in the cities in January, sold for N120 and N110 respectively in April.

Some of the dealers attributed the slight increase in the prices of the items to the rise in the cost of transportation occasioned by the rise in pump price of petrol during the period.

For instance, Mr John Adebayo, owner of Adebayo Block Industry, Asaba, said: “the slight price increase we had between January and April was due to the increase in the price of fuel and transport fares.

“The prices of sharp sand, granite and other building materials increased and this also affected the prices of our blocks’’. (NAN)