By Usman Aliyu
Beverage, clothing and food traders from across the country besieged Benin’s 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) game village on Sunday in an attempt to make quick sales, the Nigeria News Agency reports ( NOPE).
Our correspondent, who visited the village on the University of Benin campus, reports that as a result the prices of these products have seen a marginal increase of 50 to 100 percent.
For example, a bottle of soft drink costs N200 compared to the N150 sold in Benin City, while a plate of rice sells for N500.
Athletes, coaches and other officials, however, received meal tickets to collect food from designated stalls in the village, NAN learned.
Abuja food vendor Mr Brown Omede said the items were more expensive as they paid for before allocating stalls, although he declined to disclose the cost of the stalls.
“Many of us come from distant lands. For example, I came from Abuja, ”said Omode.
The Center for the Development of Entrepreneurship at the University of Benin also operates a stand for foods such as ground yam, garden egg sauce, Eba, Amala, rice and semovita. (NOPE)
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