12 May, 2020

CHECK OUT THE STATE WITH THE HIGHEST COST OF LIVING IN NIGERIA AND THE REASON WHY.

Socio - Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP), concern commissioners and respective representatives of the people should as a matter of urgent attention take this up with the Commissioner of Police and others concern to draw the ear of their personnel, civil societies also should find a way of coming up with a frame work to check the country’s security agents as they execute their jobs. They are to hunts and track down criminals, not to inconvenience law abiding citizens.    


Toney Etido                                    Senior Staff Writer


As every state in Nigeria differs in their slogans, so also there are those very unique features that distinguished these states from one another. Cost of living is one of such major features that distinguished one state of the federation from the other. While others lead in high cost of living with nothing else positive to show for, others lead in other positive feature, and a bearable cost of living that isn’t threatening the existence of their people.


Lagos state for instance, despite being known as the commercial nerve centre of the country with influx of people daily in search of a better living condition as one of the factor that favours immigration of people into her is not leading in high cost of living as it should, unlike her Akwa Ibom State counterpart which is known only for crude oil production with no any other factor that favours immigration like industries and other opportunities, but tops in the ranking as the state in Nigeria with the highest cost of living. We carried out our research in Lagos, Abuja, Anambra, Kogi, Rivers, Enugu, Borno, Adamawa, Kaduna and six other states respectively, and in our findings at the end of the day, we realized that you can still have a prettily not too bad food for as little as N200 or less in those states, but not so in the oil rich state of Akwa Ibom state, as you would need N300 naira minimum to be able to eat the least plate of food in any canteen. Same also with some food stuffs in the markets of those states, the rates and quantity in those states if far lesser and much than that of Akwa Ibom, that one is left wondering what they gain in such greed!  

REASON WHY AKWA IBOM LEADS IN HIGH COST OF LIVING

When started exploring the reason why cost of living is high in Akwa Ibom state, we were able to narrow it down to one major reason, police extortion of market women and foodstuffs vendors on the roads emerge top as the cause and effect to the reason why it is so. Travelling to Okobo, Oron and other LG of the state, where crayfish, fish and other food items are process in commercial quantity revealed the reason why the state leads as the state where cost of living is biting hard and threatening the existence of the indigenes and settlers alike. Police and other security agents, including customs, Road safety and immigration personnel lines up on almost every five kilometer of the state’s roads, and they can delay a stubborn driver or one who has no money, or see no reason to part with the exorbitant amount they bill with sense of entitlement, despite being paid for the work they are doing monthly. The frustration alone is discouraging enough to send you looking for incentives, talk less of the amount that the transporters would bill at the long run.

Socio - Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP), concern commissioners and respective representatives of the people should as a matter of urgent attention take this up with the Commissioner of Police and others concern to draw the ear of their personnel, civil societies also should find a way of coming up with a frame work to check the country’s security agents as they execute their jobs. They are to hunts and track down criminals, not to inconvenience law abiding citizens.          

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