…as N-power beneficiaries lament stipend non-payment
By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
As Muslim faithful across the world prepare to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir on Sunday, dealers in rams in Ilorin have continued to lament over low patronage.
This is coming on the heels of several challenges facing the nation’s economy.
Though the prices of rams, according to various dealers who speak with WESTERN POST correspondent were, not higher than that of last year, rams were still beyond the reach of most people.
A ram seller at Mandate Market Adewole in Ilorin West Local government area said a dealer brought rams earlier this week but could not offload because the rams on ground yet to be sold were more than enough.
This, he said, made the dealers return the rams back to the North.
“We have not had it this bad over the years, but some people said low patronage was due to paucity of funds across the country to extend of returning the rams to where he was coming from, “he said.
A market survey conducted by WESTERN POST correspondent revealed that most of the medium size rams go for N35,000 while bigger and biggest go for N80,000 and N120,000 respectively.
Similarly, a bag of rice was trading between N12,000 and N13,000 while various pepper prices have increased.
Vegetable oil goes for N10,400, the same price sold last year.
Meanwhile, beneficiaries of N-power in Kwara state have frowned at delay in payment of their July stipend.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with Westernpost Correspondent said the delay experience could not let them celebrate Eid-Kabir as they wish.
They urged those saddled with the responsibility to pay as at when due to avert future delay.