Hardship: Intervene, engage market leaders to reduce cost of food – Group to Gov Oborevwori

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The Take It Back Movement in Delta State has urged Governor Sheriff Oborevwori to intervene and engage with market leaders and stakeholders to reduce the cost of food items.

The State Coordinator of the Movement, Ighorhiohwunu Aghogho made the call in a statement signed and made available to Newsmen.

The group asked the governor to implement policies to stabilize food prices as well as subsidize essential food items for low-income families.

It also appealed to the governor to support local farmers to increase food production and establish food banks and relief programs to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable residents.

Take It Back, in the statement, expressed the belief that with the governor’s intervention, food can be made available and affordable for Deltans.

“We can make food affordable for all Deltans. We await swift action to address this critical issue.”

Take It Back said the call became necessary now as soaring prices of garri, beans, and other essentials have left residents starving.

“The Delta Take It Back movement is sounding the alarm on the devastating impact of skyrocketing prices of garri, beans, and other staple foods on residents of Delta State.

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“We are calling on Governor Sheriff Oborevwori to take immediate and decisive action to address this crisis, as many Deltans are now struggling to access necessities.”

According to Aghogho, “The prices of garri, beans, and other essentials have risen exponentially in recent months, making it difficult for ordinary citizens to afford food.

“As of the 23rd of June, a bag of garri now costs ₦74,000, a bag of beans costs ₦185,000 and 25 litres of palm oil costs ₦32,000. This situation is unsustainable and demands the governor’s prompt intervention.

“Families are going hungry, with many unable to afford even one meal a day. Children are malnourished, and their health and well-being are at risk, small businesses are struggling to stay afloat, threatening the livelihoods of many.”

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