Price gouging: Ganduje orders Kano anti-graft to confiscate product of inflationary price
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Following public complains on the surge in prices of essential commodities like sugar and salt, Governor Abdulllahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has ordered the state’s public complaint and anti-corruption commission to confiscate any commodity with unconscionable price across the state.
Confiscated commodities will be added to the state’s palliative programme meant for the needy.
A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Malam Abba Anwar, on Saturday said the governor had a meeting with Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Isyaka Rabiu.
Ganduje said: “I had a meeting with Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u, they all assured that they didn’t increase a Kobo in the prices of their products. This means that any hike in the prices of sugar, salt and other commodities will not be tolerated by the state.
“It is as a result of this that I directed the State Anti-Corruption Commission to be very vigilant and monitor sells at points of sales of such commodities. Whoever is found increasing any price will have his or her products confiscated and whatever is confiscated will be put into our palliative programme to be distributed to the public free.”
A cording to the governor, the recently signed COVID-19 and other infectious diseases Law will work on whoever tries to test the might of the government.
He maintained that, “We have provisions that take care of such behaviours in the Law.”
A survey conducted by The Triumph across various markets in the state and published on Friday (May 24, 2020) shows how prices of essential commodities soared by 100% to the agony of the populace.
On Thursday the governor met with market leaders and vital issues, with a specification on the hardship the citizens face resulting from the price hikes, were discussed.