By Aliyu Dangida
Less than 24hrs to the Presidential and National Assembly elections, food stuff vendors in some border towns in Jigawa state are making brisk business of their commodities.
Hotpen has exclusively gathered that prices of food commodities are categorized into two segment cash at hand and transfer means, a 50 kilograms of foreign rice sold at N33,000 transfer while cash purchase is N27,500.
A cartoon of supergattin is sold at N6,500 cash purchase while transfer is N6,700 and a Jerry can of vegetable oil sold at N31,000 transfer while cash purchase is N26,000.
It was learnt that, the two different prices skyrotted in less than one week as scarcity of cash at hand has made politicians to make bulky purchase of food stuffs from food stuff vendors through transfer means.
Some of the border towns in Jigawa state affected by the bulky purchase of food stuffs by politicians include Gumel, Maigatari and Babura where they import the commodities from neighboring Niger Republic.
A food stuff vendor who spoke on anominuty said the prices of food stuffs skyrotted last week as they sold foreign rice at N25,000 cash while N27,500 transfer purchase while supergattin N5,500 cash purchase while N6,700 transfer.
He admitted that they jacked the price due to shortage of cash at hand couple with the high demand of the commodities as they are been imported from Niger Republic as such transportation is an added expensive to the cost of the food stuff.
Abubakar Yusuf who bought a bag of rice and supergattin has lamented the high cost of food stuff within a week and faulted politicians who embarked on bulky purchase for distribution to electorates in the absence of cash.