By Adama Makasuba
Gambians have expressed worries about the uncontrolled prices of commodities in the country as Ramadan began on Monday.
A month that prices of basic necessity of life like, rice, fish, meat, oil and others are expected to ratchet down have been ratcheting up in the country.
On Saturday, minister of trade, industry, regional integration and employment, Lamin Jobe said the country has moved away from price control.
Fatou Jeju, a market vendor, who sells cassava leaves, said “my business is at a standstill because people don’t have interest in the leaves in this month of Ramadan.”
Mrs Jeju, a mother of seven, engages into retailing of the leaves, she is worried that other prices of commodities are rising, adding “what I sold today doesn’t reach to 100 dalasi and I have to buy something to cook for my family.”
Modou Njie, a businessman, said a bag of rice that cost D1, 100 has been increased to D1, 200 and a bag of iris potato also increased from D4500 to D850.
Nyima Khan, a customer, who comes daily at the market, said “there, is no price control which is making living very hard for us.”
“It very hard on us the ladies everything in the market have been increase. At first chicken was at 75 dalasi but now it has been increased to 80 dalasi and some single fish costs 100 dalasi,” she said.
Another customer, Sainabou Njie, said the price of commodities is unstable, adding “a cup of cost 6 dalasi”.
Mrs Njie urged the government “to help them and stable the prices of commodities in the market” adding “we have no money…people are really poor and the prices of goods keep rising.”