No time was it this terrible like coronavirus pandemic era, community residents lament

Residents of the New Nyanya area in Karu Local Government of Nasarawa state have continued to lament how the coronavirus economic crisis is hitting them and destroying their homes and businesses.

Some of the residents who spoke to the Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation (MAWA Foundation) team, said never a time have they witnessed a kind of terrible condition full of poverty and hunger as a result of coronavirus crisis.

Mr. James Yohana, who spoke to the MAWA team in his New Nyanya residence, said at no time has he witnessed the kind of poverty and hunger that are confronting the people as a result of coronavirus.

Yohana explained that he has since lost his job to coronavirus while his family is battling acute hunger.

Miss Fati, who owns and operates Salon in the community, told the MAWA team that her business has since closed down as a result of the coronavirus economic crisis.

Fati said since the pandemic outbreak, her customers have stopped patronizing her, a situation she described as the consequence of coronavirus.

“This coronavirus pandemic is the worst thing that has happened to me, my business closed, things are very difficult and rough, I struggle to feed my three kids; this is after sending my brother back to the village because I cannot feed the family anymore”, Fati said

Mr. Sunday Ibiam, who operates a provision store, explained that coronavirus has pushed the price of goods and food items so high in the market.

This is even as he said despite the high inflation; the people have no money to buy anything because their purchasing power has dropped.

“Do you know that as we speak, a Mudu of local rice sells for N750 and N800 depending on the quality” and people do not have money to buy” Ibiam said.

He, however, appealed to the government to ensure the availability of food in the market by making sure prices of food items are reduced for the poor households to afford.

This report is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa OSIWA


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