By Opeyemi Daniel-Adeoti
The Kwara State House of Assembly has called on the state government to put in place price control mechanism in a bid to end the perennial hike in prices of food items and other essential commodities in the market.
This followed a Motion on Notice on Tuesday’s plenary, titled “Need to Control High Cost of Food Items in Kwara State” moved by the lawmaker representing Kaiama-Kamanje-Wajibe Constituency, Hon Abdullahi Halidu Danbaba.
Danbaba expressed concern over the incessant increase in food items which he said has led to hunger in the society and as well triggered frustration among the citizens.
The lawmaker who attributed the inflation to insecurity ravaging the nation, said farmers are no longer safe to go to farm for usual business of land cultivation for food production.
On the contrary, Hon. Owolabi Olatunde Razaq, representing Share/Oke-Ode Constituency opined that the inflation is as a result of corruption among the market men and women, stressing that the traders make use of all opportunities and seasons to exploit buyers just as they are doing in this period of Ramadan.
Owolabi said people blame corruption on politicians alone whereas “corruption is imbedded in the heart of every individual. Imagine a landlord of a 4 bedroom bungalow who bypasses his meter and stopped it from reading, using electricity for free. Is this not corruption?
“We must examine ourselves as citizens and locate areas we are retrogressing our state and nation at large so as to make amend for our society to be a better place” he said.
News Hub Mag! reports that the House Leader, Hon. Magaji Olawoyin and Hon. Ojo Oyebode, Chairman House Committee on Agriculture in their respective submission encouraged everybody to go back to the farm to boost food production which according to them is the only way to end inflation in food stuff price.
Other lawmakers in their contributions charged food stuff dealers to desist from unnecessary inflation of foodstuff prices particularly during this period of holy month of Ramadan.
Reading the resolutions of the House, Speaker Yakubu Salihu Danladi urged the government to encourage massive food production by providing incentives for farmers in the state through farm inputs.
Danladi urged the government to direct weigh and measure unit of the Ministry of Enterprise to rise to its responsibility of regulating prices of goods and services in the state
He mandated House Committee on Commerce, Industry, Women Affairs and Social Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Enterprise to interface with the leadership of market Associations with a view to addressing issues involved.
House Leader Magaji Olawoyin moved a motion for adjournment and was seconded by Hon. Abolarin Ganiyu Gabriel of Ekiti Constituency.