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PH Residents Lament Increase In Prices Of Products

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Ahead of the Yuletide, residents of Port Harcourt and its environs are already apprehensive over the increase in the prices of various products.
The Tide Metro investigation reveals that product price increase which also affects transport fares, is evidently the fallout of the sudden increase in petroleum, pump price to N170,00.
A random market survey by The Tide Metro indicates poor patronage of products, ranging from foodstuff, cloths, and other utility items.
A fruit dealer at the Amaeli Market in Elekahia, Agnes Igodoh who spoke with The Tide said the cost of fruits has increased due to increase in transport fare.
She said the cost of transporting the fruits from “bush market” to the township has now increased due to the increase in fuel pump price, “We normally go to the rural communities to buy fruits, but now we find it difficult to get the fruits because of high cost of transport, where we used to pay N3,000, we now pay N5,000, this has badly affected our business and it’s most likely that the prices of products will up more if nothing is done before we enter the Christmas period”.
Another trader at the Amaeli market, Blessing Udoh, who deals on foodstuff said the cost of foodstuff is also on a steady increase, leading to low turn up.
She said the cost of a bag of rice now is going up to N44,000, while a bag of local rice sells at N29 to 32,000.
The way prices of products are on the increase shows that the situation of things are likely going to worsen in the weeks to come, I am afraid that it’s going to be difficult for the masses to buy food stuff during the Yuletide period, government should intervene to make life easy for the common man. Johnson Opus, a dealer on cloths also expressed dissatisfaction over the poor turn out of customers to patronise his wares. “I normally buy cloths at wholesale prices from Onitsha market to sell them in Port Harcourt, recently I went to the market to find out that prices of cloths have increased. To meet up we cloth dealers also have to add up something to cover our expenses.
He pointed out that the general low patronage by customers was because people were more concerned about how to put food on the table.
“I went to Onitsha market recently to buy new stock, but sales were very poor, hardly before you see any body coming to buy, and the few that came to price the cloths always shouted and moved away when you tell them the prices of cloths, people are more bordered about their daily bread than to buy cloths.
Another cloth dealer at the Mile Three Market, Stanley Enoje, said cloth dealers have been passing through difficult times because of the high expenses incurred to get the wares.
Enoje, who deals on fairly used clothes said the cost of bails had increased and it is also very difficult to get materials because of the closing of borders. “I deal on second hand clothes, which I open in bails, but it is very difficult to get our products, I want to use this medium to call on the government to open the borders so that we can get products”.
A bread seller, Joy Ekanem also lamented the increase in the prices of bread. She said a loaf that previously sold at five hundred Naira now sell at six hundred naira, while the one that sold at three hundred naira now sell; at four hundred Naira.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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Rivers, A Global Investment Hub

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Nothing could be more elusive and desirous as the special skills and talent of a wand and a midas touch. Dr Freeman O’ Freeman is one the few possessive of this rare gift. He has a penchant for the reorganization of ailing industries, organizations and institutions. The foremost technocrat and consultant was recently spotted by the Port Harcourt Metro at a public function in the Garden city. When his attention was sought for an interview he willingly obliged an the session was a deep insight into his experience especially his years of consultancy services with the Rivers state Government in the  early 1990s. During these period he recalled that 14 parastalals and government agencies including the three state owned media Houses were under his consultancy services for full reorganisation process. “We made the State Electricity Board to be the highest revenue earner after the Ministry of finance, we also made the staffs of Water Board, Super Board, and Rivers Marine to earn their salary after the reorganization processes, some of the moribond companies can still be revived.”  He said Rivers state was deeply blessed with potentials to host the business world through flourishing business activities, nothing that most black Americans business moguls were looking for opportunities of investing their wealth and knowledge. Dr Freeman who is also and author and religious counsellor emphasized the need for proper restructuring of the Nigerian state to address the needs and imperatives of justice in the country. He canvassed for the creation of a state owned insurance company to secure the wealth and investments of  Rivers state. “ Rivers state is global investment hub, their is need to decongest Lagos by tapping into the enormous investment potentials in Rivers state, it’s quite unfortunate that investments of Rivers state government are easing out without full privileges to the state government, despite hosting two federal terminals economic activities in the state is still low. I want the Rivers state government to reap the benefit of insurance before Governor Wike leaves office, it will count for him as one his greatest legacies for Rivers people. Commenting on the prevalence of ethno religious crisis in the country, he pointed out the very custodians of religious faith were the propellers of the evolving Crisis. “it’s very unfortunate that people don’t practice what they preach, the much resources in the hands of the ministers should be redirected for the interest of the followers, the early missionaries gave education virtually free. Ministers should allow their members to have leveraging access to their schools, this will reduced the loads of poor parents and help in producing an informed and better society”. With a deep sense of concern, he urged the federal government to address the growing spate of insecurity in country, particularly the “ incautious activities of herders.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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Wife Battery: Man Forced To Undertaken By In-laws

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In a bid to restore the marriage of a certain couple in Port Harcourt, ( names withheld) the family members and parents of the wife has forced the husband to an undertaken that he will no longer used their daughter as a punch bag. The Port Harcourt Metro gathered the parents of the wife are relatively well to do very supportive to the upkeep of their daughters family. Their intervention came as a result of repeated cases of physical and psychological abuses of their daughter by her husband. It was also gathered that the parents of the wife had made moves to terminate the relationship to secure the life of their daughter but she bluffed their moves and stuck to the marriage based on her professed love for the husband. The husband was said to have been invited to an intense family session during which he was asked to sign an undertaken to be of good conduct and act as a responsible man or gets his wife forfeited. The session became dramatic when the repentant husband and in-law was said to have broken down in tears , with confessions that he was always propelled by some incontrollable forces to act the way he did.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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Group Plans Grassroots Medical Campaign

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As part of measures of promoting effective medical care at the grassroots, a body under the auspices of Medical  Xray and Imaging Technicians Association of Nigeria says plans has been put in place for mass sensitisation on the need for greater access to medical services at the rural areas. National President of the body, Rev Akiene Nunyor who disclosed this during a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said the sensitisation was targeted at rousing the sensitivities of critical stakeholders towards improving health care at the rural areas as well as creating awareness among the rural dwellers. He pointed out that the absence of ultra sound facilities at rural communities was responsible for high mortality among pregnant women in rural communities, as they lacked access to the facilities. Its difficult for women to go for scan exercises for proper medical check at the rural areas. In times of emergencies before they get to the urban areas that have the facilities it becomes late. He called for a synergy between the private sector and government especially in the area of research, training and manpower development in the health sector,  He assured that the body was ready to provide the professional regulatory services for middle manpower development and standards in medical practice. While commending the Rivers state Government for its efforts in promoting care in the state he called for a “ Public/ Private sector  driven “approach in promoting effective health sector delivery.

 

By: Taneh Beemene

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