By Mike Adeyemi
As the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic impacts of global economy, the Chairman of Table Water Association, Kwara State, Alhaji Yahaya Kayode has assured.
He gave the assurance while briefing newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital.
According to him,’the measure put in place so far by the government towards the containment of the spread of coronavirus in Kwara State is laudable.’
“Yes, the government has risen to its responsibility of protecting lives and property in the state having placed stringent restriction method which could debar easy transmition of the virus.
“Though the lockdown and it’s subsequently ease come along with lots of challenges, but I think the government has done well,” he said.
Yahaya added that pure water business activities during the period was low as there is a total shortfall in the demand of the products.
“As you can see, there is no business in Nigeria that is not affected. Most of the materials we use in the production of table water have increased in prices.
“The cost of materials has double, and to transfer that on the consumer would not be right for us.”
Reacting to the likehoood of increase in the prices of table water in the state, he said the association would sought for a way out within itself instead of transfering the pain on their teeming consumers.
Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman of Hi-Merit Table Water, Deacon Timothy Agboola also lauded the inputs of the Kwara State Goverment toward curtaling of the scourge.
“The efforts of the Kwara State Governmment are commendable both in terms of the palliatives given and measures put in place. I think they have lived above the expectations.
“I want to urge the people of the state to strictly adhrere to all the measures placed by the government. It is all a matter of time.”
He further appeal to the Kwara State Government come to the aid of table water producers in the state by giving them micro credits facilities to cushion their busineses plight.
“We are just producing at present to keep the business afloat and in order to meet our customers’ demand. Government should assist with soft loan to our members,” he concluded.
By Mike Adeyemi