The closure of markets in Plateau state and restriction of movement as part of the efforts by the state government to contain the spread of coronavirus has inflicted economic hardships among residents, Jay FM investigation on Monday has revealed.
In Jos and Bukuru metropolis, the partial lock down has led to the scarcity of some basic food items, with their prices hiked between fifty and three hundred percent.
Among items whose prices have shot up are sachet water, yam, rice, Tomatoes and other food condiments.
Traders and food vendors blamed the scarcity and high prices on the government which they accused of not giving the people enough time to prepare before the partial lock down thereby giving room for some unscrupulous elements to use the unfortunate situation to exploit others
Many residents who spoke with Jay FM in Jos on Monday said they had run short of food stuffs and basic things.
They noted that many people especially petty traders ,artisans, among others live on their daily earnings, adding that with the stay -at-home order ,they are the worst hit.
They called on the government to either provide foodstuffs and essential commodities to all residents or come out with strategies to allow people to address their survival needs