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Protests as ‘pure water’ sells for N20 in Edo State

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Price of sachet water, popularly known as ‘pure water’ has skyrocketed to N20 from N10 in some parts of Edo State.

This is just as price of bottled water rose from N50 to between N70 and N80.

Following the development, hawkers of the product have lamented low patronages.

Before now, a bag of sachet water was sold between N80 to N100 but now, it has now moved from N150 to 200.

Speaking with The Nation in Benin City, the Edo State capital, a ‘pure water’ hawker, Helen Usunobun said they could not cope with the hike in price which would leave them making N30 profit for every bag of satchet water.

Her words, “They said dollar has gone up. Whether dollar is in the water, we don’t know.”

Another hawker, Mrs. Enoma Blessing, said people that used to consume four satchet water, now buy only one per day.

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Irhue said a film roll that sold for N600,000 last week now sells for N920,000 while packaging material rose from N3300 to N5000.

According to him, “Nobody can give water treatment and sell at the former price of N100. It is a terrible situation we have found ourselves.

“It is the sourcing of the materials that is causing these problems.”

Chairman of the Water Producers in the state, Henry Eremokhai, said the approved price by the association was N120.

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