CPC set to Protect Cross Riverians from Hunger Virus
Consumer Protection and Control Agency is set to trace the reasons behind the raise in prices of food stuffs, especially, food stuffs like Garri, Rice etc. produced in the state.
The Director General of the Agency, Prince Charles Ushie stated this in a meeting with heads of trader unions in Calabar yesterday.
According to the DG, Foodstuffs are not a part of the Covid -19 lockdown as His Excellency, the Digital Governor of Cross River State, Sen Prof Ben Ayade in his directives exempted consumables and those on essential services. Prince Ushie frowned that for the prices of commodities like Garri, Rice, Palm Oil and medicines to rise is very unfortunate. He call for urgent attention before Hunger will take over from the Covid- 19 virus as 8 cups of Garri that use to go for N200 is now 4 Cups within a space of 2 weeks.
As part of measures to check these excesses, Ushie said a taskforce on price monitoring, comprising of representatives of trade unions, peace corps and the civil defence will be inaugurated.
The DG also admonished traders to always use nose mask, wash their hands with soup and water, maintain social distancing and develop hygienic lifestyle.