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Nigerians May Soon Buy One Sachet Water For N100, Says Association of Table Water Producers

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As the cost of living and inflation continue to skyrocket in Nigeria, the Association of Table Water Producers has said that a sachet of water could soon sell for 100.

The association said this on Wednesday during a press conference where it lamented the rising cost of production which is “crippling their business and forcing them into huge debt”.

A sachet of water is being sold for N50 in Awka, the Anambra State capital, Southeast Nigeria and some other places.

In many cities, water producers sell a bag of sachet water for N400 while retailers sell a bag of sachet water for between N500 and N550.

During the press conference, one of the leaders of the association said, “Sachet water is going for N50 and if care is not taken, it will go for N100. At our own point, there is nothing we can do. The cost of production as at December last year, we were buying materials for N1,100 per kg but now, that same kg of nylon is between N3,600 and N3,700.

“We are no more costing the cost of treatment. We don’t put this into our cost. What we do now is just the materials, and the frequency with which the nylon producers increase the price, and they don’t increase it with maybe N20,000 or N30,000. They go as far as N550,000 in one increment, and this increment can come three times within one week.”

She said, “It is difficult for us to continue to increase the price of our water. That is where our fear is coming from, because if an ordinary Nigerian cannot afford sachet water, I don’t know where we are going to.

“We are dying. Every water producer is more or less funding the business from outside sources or borrowing money. Many banks don’t give water producers loans because they know that we might not be able to repay.

“We want Nigerians to bear with us. The way things are going, water might go to N100 per sachet, which we don’t want. We don’t want Nigerians to buy water more than N20 per sachet. When we were buying diesel N220, water was N10 but now, we are buying diesel for N1,700.”

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday embarked on a nationwide protest against the high cost of living and hardship in the country.

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