Citizens irked by hike in food commodities
May 21, 2018 By Victoria Saffa
The holy month of Ramadan, more often than not, is ushered in by hike in basic commodities and this year’s observation is not an exception. Thus, as Muslims across the country commence fasting on Thursday, many in Freetown are irked that traders have hiked prices of various food commodities across the city.
Mariatu Sesay, a resident of Kissy Road told Concord Times that increase in the prices of food stuff in the market has created a huge burden on families. She said: “I am not receiving enough money from my husband to take care of the home.”
She called on the government, especially the Ministry of Trade and Industry, to monitor shop owners and local traders and where possible force them to decrease prices of food stuff in the market.
Another Muslim and a single parent, who is observing the holy month of Ramadan, Zainab Kamara, claimed that it is not unusual for some unscrupulous traders to increase prices of basic food commodities during the month of fasting.
“We as Sierra Leoneans don’t have empathy for ourselves and traders will increase the prices of food stuffs whenever the country is faced with some difficult challenge,” she said.
However, a shop owner at Sackville Street, Mohamed Sow, who sells assorted commodities, told our reporter that the increase in prices of food stuff should be blamed on some importers whom he claimed increase the cost of commodities during the month of Ramadan in a bid to maximise profit.
In a country with a predominant Muslim population, where many observe the month, fasting presents both physical and economic burden on adherents of the faith.