“Which way, Nigeria?” Former UNN Dean of Faculty of Law decries out after she spent 40k on water.

Emeritus Dean of Faculty of Law in the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN),Prof. Joy N. Ezeilo (SAN, OON), has clamored about the current incessant inflation in Nigeria following her purchase of a water tanker at a price of four thousand naira instead of the usual price.

 

Prof. Ezeilo, who is among the most powerful and influential women in Africa and the founder of the Women Aid Collective (WACOL), the Tamar Sexual Assault Referral Centre, and the West African Women’s Rights Coalition (WAWORC), took to her verified Twitter handle on Saturday evening to express her perturbation about the current hyperinflation that is engulfing the entire country.

 

In her words:

The fast depreciating purchasing power of my hard-earned salary, the devalued Naira, and the creeping inflation:

 

I just discovered by purchasing water today that my monthly salary can only pay for a limited quantity of water supply.

 

I spent forty thousand naira (40k) for a water tanker one trip load (about 2800 gallons) this evening in Enugu.

 

Talk about price fixing.We bought previously the first week of February for 35k. Of course, the driver said the cost of diesel drives the price.

 

The ultimate buyer bears the brunt. We need at least two tankers for one month at 80k, which would have taken one-fifth of my professorial cadre salary in a Federal University.

 

At this rate, just water without food, electricity, transportation, generator fueling, house rent, school fees, health care, etc.

 

one can see that the One Million Naira being proposed as minimum wage by the Labour Union is not a laughing matter to be dismissed by wave of hand.

 

It increasingly appears either realistic or may need to be more. Which way, Nigeria? I can only hum Sonny Okosun’s (1984 – Which Way Nigeria) and Majek Fashek’s (Send Down the Rain!) songs as I silently pray for reprieve and an urgent economic solution so Nigerians can breathe well.

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