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article imageLagosians fail to stock up cheap consumables ahead of Xmas rush Special

By Samuel Okocha     Dec 16, 2011 in World
Around nine days to Christmas, prices of consumables are cheap in Nigeria’s commercial city of Lagos. But lack of storage facilities is making many Lagosians not stock up on the items whose prices are expected to rise in the thick of the holidays.
The prices of consumables like onions, lettuce, cucumber, carrot — all essential ingredients in making salad — are cheap now, says Bala Mohamed. "We are in their season,'' he explained. He added that prices are likely to go up soon. This is subject to the prices at which he receives his supply.
At present, Bala said that patronage is not impressive, attributing it to customers who have left the city for their villages for Christmas amongst other reasons.
Sellers hope the Christmas rush would bring much needed sales.
Sellers hope the Christmas rush would bring much needed sales.
Fruits and vegetables on display for sale in a Lagos market.
Fruits and vegetables on display for sale in a Lagos market.
Most of the cheap items are perishable and consumers tell Digital Journal that inefficient storage system made worse by erratic power supply means they can not buy now and stock up in spite of the low prices.
"They are perishable items to be used during the festival,'' says a married man and financial journalist Acheme Jack. "If you buy them where will you store them, and if you have a refrigerator where is the electricity."
''Light (electricity supply) is not frequent,'' a housewife Florence Tetteh adds. "It's mostly those who have parties that patronize the items now because they will use them," other than that "it's only rich people who have power generating sets that can buy them and keep them inside the refrigerator."
A woman selling frozen chicken among other items to customers in Lagos
A woman selling frozen chicken among other items to customers in Lagos
The power factor
Many Nigerians on the lower rung of the socio-economic ladder have generating sets, but most are not strong enough to power high energy consuming refrigerators. Also, many prefer to use them for businesses where they can earn more money to beat economic hardship.
Young men using a generating set to power their local business
Young men using a generating set to power their local business
A small power generating set used by many low income earners in Lagos. In this picture  it is used f...
A small power generating set used by many low income earners in Lagos. In this picture, it is used for a road side phone business.
In an effort to solve Nigeria's power problem, the governmet earlier in the month granted licences to twenty independent power producers.
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