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Imo: Lawmaker Pleads With Traders, Transporters To Slash Prices ,Fares As Naira Appreciates



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The member representing Isiala Mbano Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Sam Ikechukwu Osuji has charged traders to complement the efforts of the administration of Governor Hope Uzodimma by slashing prices of commodities in the market, especially now that the exchange rate of the Naira has improved against other major currencies, especially, the Dollars and Pounds Sterling..

Hon Osuji who made the remark in his office on Monday, 08/04/2024, while addressing the press said traders, importers and other business and economic actors in Imo State should consider the commendable performance of the Naira against the Dollar, in the last one month, by reducing the prices of goods, especially, essential commodities in the market.

The lawmaker, who is the House Committee Chairman On Transport also appealed to transporters in the state to bring down transport fares.

He argued that, “With the current realities on the performance of the Naira against the Dollar, the prices of imported spare parts ought not to be expensive again and this should reflect on transport fares.

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“The major reason why prices of commodities went up in the market was because of the high exchange rate of the Naira, particularly, against the Dollar, which exchanged for as much as N1850 to $1. But today, the Naira has gained more value and is exchanging for about N1,150 to $1. This should reflect on the prices of commodities in the market and transport fares.

“Our traders and business actors should be considerate, especially, now that His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodimma has concluded arrangement to invest over $1.5 Billion in the state, through Afrexim Bank, which will definitely enhance the quality of life we live, enhance the quality of education and quality of infrastructure, including creating massive employment opportunities for millions of Imo State youths”

Hon Sam Osuji, who is also the Vice Chairman Of House Committee On Environment, therefore urged traders and transporters in the state to quickly align the prices of their commodities and transport fares with the current improved exchange rate of the Naira, insisting that the ordinary masses in the state should have a breath of fresh air.

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He said, ” *The Imo State Environment is business friendly, so why can’t traders reciprocate this good gesture by ameliorating the sufferings of the masses through the reduction of prices of commodities”?.

The Isiala Mbano representative thereafter appealed to the leadership of traders association in all the markets across the state to prevail on their members to, without further delay, bring down the prices of their commodities, and to the Imo State Chapter of the National Union Of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, to direct their members to reduce transport fares, in the interest of the downtrodden and in appreciation for the state government’s efforts in the development of the state, in all the sectors of the economy.

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