Nigerians living in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, have lamented the over hundred percent rise in the price of sachet water popularly known as ‘Pure Water’ .
According to them, President Muhammadu Buhari government has finally finished the masses by taking ‘ordinary’ water out of their reach.
However what is known as a bag of sachet water which contains 20 sachets, is now sold for N200 to N250 by factories while retailers sell for N300 to N400 as against the initial price of Between N80 to N150.
This means that a 50 cl sac of ‘pure water’, which was sold for N10 before now, is now sold for nothing less than N20 to N30 depending on the area.
This development follows the trend of minute by minute rise in prices of goods and services in the country currently battling unimaginable inflation.
Some sections of Abuja residents who shared their grievances with DAILY POST lamented that “pure water” has been their saviour due to the unavailability of a reliable supply of safe and hygienic water.
“Pure water” producers, under the Association of Table Water Producers Association of Nigeria, on Thursday announced they have imposed an increase due to rising production costs.
“Water producers are to sell to their customers if less than 100 bags at N200 per bag,” the notice partly said.
However, some ‘pure water’ companies who spoke to DAILY POST in Abuja all cited the increase in cost of production, saying that they could no longer afford to produce at a loss.
“We can’t continue the way we were going. At a point, many of us wanted to shut down completely but after our general meeting last week, we decided to carry on but not as we use to,” one of the factory operators, who pleaded not to be mentioned.
Nigerians on the streets of Abuja and market places are not happy with the development and are calling on the government to show more concern to the plight of ordinary Nigerians.