The Kano Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) in its effort to make foodstuff available to the common man has confiscated no fewer than ten warehouses containing hundreds of millions of Naira worth of hoarded commodities in the state
However, the chairman of the commission, Muhyi Magaji Rimingado, who paid a surprise visit to several warehouses along Dawanau International Grains Market, Singer Market and Kwari, Textiles Market were sealed by the commission on Sunday.
But the disturbing irony of the matter was that the affected owners of such warehouses were nowhere to be found during the operation but those opened were stacked full of commodities including Spaghetti, Rice, Pasta, Sugar and other food items.
The commission irked by what he discovered issued owners of the affected warehouses notice to report to the anti-graft Commission in preparation for facing charges before the court of law for their illegal activities that are telling on the populace.
According to him “As you can see, the Kano state Public Complaint and Anti Corruption Commission (PCACC) has made true its promise that we are going to embark on the fight against hoarding of essential commodities in the state.
“We started last Thursday and we have made a significant impact towards stopping the instant rise in the price of essential commodities. It was such that within a week, rice had jumped from N52,000 to N61,000 within a week.
“Alhamdulillah from what we have done so far, we are certain that there is an impact. From here we are going to the market to ascertain the situation.
He added “Firstly, we were able to stop the instant increase in prices of the commodities and secondly we have the belief that if we sustain the tempo we will be able to bring down the prices from where they have gotten to.
“As you can see now we are going round the warehouses and we met a lot of issues which after we go back to the office we are going to digest.
“One fundamental problem is each stalk we enter they will be claiming that it is the World Food Program Store. We wonder if the World Food program will starve the country while taking the food somewhere else.
“You can see, I was told here today that the price of maize has jumped from N30,000 to N60,000. So you see, a hundred per cent increase, this is unacceptable. You can see these stores, there are hundreds of millions of Naira worth of hoarded commodities.
“We are taking over the stores now and we are going to make some certain arrests because these will not be tolerated. This is not a market, this is a warehouse. We have activated our intelligence mechanism and they have come up with reports on where and how they are hoarding it,” he explained.