About 60 per cent of the sachet water, a.k.a ‘pure water’ producing factories in Kano state have been forced to close down due to increase in price of polythene materials used for packaging the commodity.
Alhaji Muktar Tata, the Secretary-General of the State chapter of Association of Sachet Water Producers of Nigeria, while speaking with newsmen in Kano on Wednesday, revealed that no fewer than two million youths may lose their jobs due to the closure of some sachet water producing factories in Kano, Vanguard reports.
Prices of polythene material used for packaging pure water, which sold for N480,000 per tonne in January has now increased to N1.1 million, which has compelled many producers to fold up, Tata revealed.
“About two million youths working in the industry might lose their jobs and the state may face scarcity of drinking water if the situation is not addressed, as the situation has forced the closure of about 60 per cent of the `pure water’ producing factories in the state.“
Tata said the situation had compelled the association to increase the price of ‘pure water’ from N5 to N10 per sachet, and N100 per bag of 20 sachets as against N60 before, adding that the sachet water vendors have agreed to sell a sachet at N10 and N15 for two sachets.
He said the association would ensure that the commodity was produced under good hygienic condition, and that the association had set up committees to ensure compliance.
From February, given the naira fall, price of sachet water has been inflated to ranges between N150 to as much as N200 a bag, as against the former N80-N120 a bag previously enjoyed.
Since the dollar crash against naira, price of items, and goods in the country have soared. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday, had announced that the inflation rate in February rose by 11.4 per cent compared to the 9.6 per cent in January.
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