The Increasing Cost of Living
Things are becoming more expensive recently and it is getting out of hand. It is becoming an increasing cause for concern. Inflation is on an all time high and the price of goods especially basic essentials keep skyrocketing. I would have written something different today but while going through my WhatsApp I saw someone talking about how bad things have become.
In Nigeria for the past few years the prices of goods and services seem to be increasing without any signs of stopping. We are suffering from inflation and it's really bad. Normally inflation occurs because there is a lot of money chasing a few number of goods but in this case the prices keep increasing because the cost of production also keeps increasing. This happens because of the terrible decisions and policies the government has made regarding the economy.
Since the end of the military rule in 1999 the economy has been heading into a steady decline. When we had a new government in 2015, the president accelerated the rate at which our economy was declining. He just pressed the pedal and never looked back. Do you know the funny thing? He was the one that promised to turn everything around. He promised to fight corruption but now he is just ignoring it. In short the government is a joke.
There has been an increased rate of corruption and embezzlement of government funds like we have never seen before. The economy policies haven't helped in any way at all and each day it becomes increasingly difficult to survive. I am not exaggerating but people are suffering. Goods and services are reaching prices that the average man cannot afford.
The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. This is the exact depiction of what is going on. The middle class man is finding it hard to afford the basic necessities of life (food, water and shelter). It is not easy out there and people who have someone that is caring for them like their parent should be very grateful.
A lot of youths have taken to crime just to be able to survive. The ongoing in strike in public universities have just made things worse. The government doesn't seem to care. I was hearing a rumor that the academic union even plans on extending the strike by a further four months. Isn't that crazy? The situation of things in the country is truly a course of concern and things need to change now. I saw a story of a woman stealing baby milk and pampers for her child just because she couldn't afford it again. Someone paid for her and she broke down in tears thanking the person.
The government needs to show that they care about the welfare of their citizens. They need to stop feeling their pockets with tax payers money and need to start providing basic amenities for the masses. We provide our own water, houses and even electricity. How do they expect us to cope. They need to change their attitude or else something drastic will happen.
Sorry that I turned this article into a rant, I just had to get somethings off my chest. It has really become a burden and I am personally affected by the situation of things. Hopefully things get better but it's not looking like it's going to happen anytime soon.