Price gouging: Ganduje lauds Kano anti-graft agency
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has commended the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission for its performance in controlling the prices of essential commodities that paved way for ameliorating the hardship being faced by people in the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Malam Abba Anwar, said the governor made the commendation during a media briefing of the state Task Force on COVID-19 on Sunday.
According to the governor, “The state Anti-Corruption Commission performed wonderfully well in this area.”
Vigorous efforts, according to him, were made in order to cushion the effect of lockdown being faced by the people of the state.
Ganduje said: “We all feel what our people are feeling during this COVID-19 lockdown situation. We now said we would not sit down and watch some people misusing the situation while our state, like any other state of the federation is facing this global health challenge.”
The governor added that the attention of the government has been drawn to how some marketers were hoarding essential commodities.
He added: “…even in this period of global health crisis and during the Holy Month of Ramadhan prices have been hiked and commodities hoarded. We now said the prices of commodities like sugar, flour, spaghetti must not be hiked.”
“With the provision of Regulation 11(2) (3) and (4) of the Kano State Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 2020, the State Anti-Corruption Commission swings into action. The leadership of the Commission is up and doing and it is true that poor people are getting out of the frustration for the good operation, which is aimed at bringing solace to our people,” he commended.
Governor Ganduje, however, vowed that his administration would do everything possible to make sure that people’s hardship is drastically checked, adding that, “With the state Anti-Corruption in place we are confident that unnecessary price hikes for essential commodities is effectively checked.”
Earlier the governor had a meeting with the Chairman of Dangote Group of Companies, Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u, Chairman BUA Group of Companies.
The two businessmen informed the governor that they did not add a Kobo to the price of sugar, a revelation that necessitated the governor to direct the state anti-graft body to swing into action.
He stated: “These business men from Kano said they didn’t add a Kobo in the price of sugar.
“We also appreciate the strategy used by the Commission to reach an agreement with marketers of Singer market on May 5th, 2020. Which subsequently led to another agreement between the Commission and the Rice Processors Association of Nigeria, on the 9th May, 2020,” says governor.
The governor also assured that the state would continue to support the agency to better serve the state and humanity.