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“Everything is expensive. Tinubu come to our aid” – Women protest Flour hike and cost of living in Kano

Hundreds of women including local bread producers popularly known as “Gurasa” today February 2, staged a protest on the streets of Kano over the high cost of living especially the hike in the price of flour used largely for the production of the staple food.

The women and some children were chanting “Everything is expensive, especially flour and grains, Tinubu come to our aid, we cannot feed our families, most of us are widows, and people are dying of hunger.”

Speaking with Journalists shortly after the protest, the leader of the group, Hajiya Fatima Auwal, demanded better living conditions at a time when high inflation is making it even tougher for people to make ends meet.

“We are out here on the streets protesting to let the leaders know the deteriorating situation in which we are at the moment. This is how our small-scale business is facing deterioration due to the rise in the price of flour, it is a business for the poor that the rich cannot dare venture into. We are in a very difficult situation, we need help. This is a small-scale industry mostly run by women. Life is becoming more difficult, we can hardly feed or send our children to school due to this hardship. Many have lost their capital. It is such that only 25 percent of us are now remaining in the business as many others have closed down due to lack of capital. We used to buy floor at the rate of N16,000 in the past but now it sells for N43,000. This is absurd. What we produce is a common food for the poor and is now becoming unaffordable. Any time we go to buy flour we get an increase of N1,500 to N2,000.”she said

The protest leader, who is the Chairperson of local Gurasa producers in Kano called on the authorities and those concerned to look into the matter as they can’t run their businesses which is affecting their families.

“Currently, we cannot afford it any longer. If nothing is done, we have no choice but to close down and this will affect the general public.”

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