- Nigeria’s Inflation Rises For Second Month Amid Border Closure
The effect of border closure has started weighing on Nigeria’s economy as the cost of goods jumped in the last two months.
The Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, rose from 11.24 percent year-on-year in September to 11.61 in October, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). This represents a 0.36 percent increase in inflation pace and the second consecutive month of increase.
On a monthly basis, inflation grew by 1.07 percent in October, again 0.03 percent higher than the 1.04 percent recorded in September.
President Muhammadu Buhari closed Nigeria’s land borders in August to check smuggling and deepen local production.
While the Federal Government has recorded some success in terms of revenue generation and growth in local production, the lack of self-sufficient in most items continues to impact prices amid the surge in demand.
The food index rose by 14.09 percent in October from 13.51 percent that was recorded in September 2019.
This was as a result of the increase in prices of Meat, Oils and fats, Bread and cereals, Potatoes, yam and other tubers, Fish and Vegetables.
On a monthly basis, the food index grew by 1.33 percent in October 2019, up by 0.03 percent from 1.30 percent achieved in the month of September when the effect of border closure just started crystalizing.
While sales of foreign food items have dropped as more Nigerians embrace pocket-friendly local items, local producers have started hurting government efforts by hiking prices amid growing demand for local production.