Epileptic electricity supply in markets influences prices of meat, fish — Traders

The National Association of Nigerian Traders, FCT Chapter, says poor supply of electricity to markets in the Federal Capital Territory is one of the reasons for the high cost of most perishable items, especially fish and meat.

Prince Dozie Ugwu, the Chairman of NANTS, said this at the Electricity Consumer Complaints Resolution Platform organised by FCCPC on Wednesday, in Nasarawa State.

Ugwu, represented by Mr Valentine Nwodo, the Head of Trade, NANTS, FCT, said that traders of various perishable items in the market resorted to purchase of diesel to power generators to preserve their goods.

He said that members of the association were dissatisfied with the services of AEDC in the markets.

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He commended the FCCPC for the opportunity to meet with Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) officials with a view to resolving their complaints and improving electricity supply in markets.

Ugwu called on the company to provide transformers and adequate electricity supply to the markets.

”We came to complain about our markets because there is no light in our markets.

”Sellers of things like beverage, fish and meat have no where to preserve them because of poor electricity supply.

”The traders resort to buying diesel and a litre of diesel is almost N1000 and this is influencing the prices of the items.

”I am not here to paint words because I told them that we are dissatisfied with their services.

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”The advice is for them to wake up from their slumber and do the right thing.

”We expect prompt action from AEDC so that our markets will start having light so those selling meat, fish will have light to preserve their goods,” he said.

Mr Donald Etim, the Chief Marketing Officer, AEDC, said the company was at the programmme to resolve electricity issues of consumers within its catchment areas.

Etim assured customers that the company would resolve all electricity related complaints brought at the programmme.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

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