Members of the Ajeromi Frozen Foods Market Association at Ijora-Olopa in Lagos have cried out over the worsening power outage at the market.
This, they claimed, resulted to the decaying of frozen foods worth N20 million.
The association’s President, Alhaja Afusat Popoola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday that power outages at the market had taken a turn for the worse since March 8.
She said the current fuel crisis had compounded the woes of the traders, making them to throw away decaying frozen foods daily.
Popoola said the traders had recently taken delivery of four trailers of chicken, turkey, fish, gizzard and prawns for storage when power went off at the market.
She said that inability of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) to restore power at the market resulted to the frozen foods decaying.
She said: “Even when we organised ourselves to get petrol to power our generating sets, the attendants at the filling stations refused to sell to us.
“Everybody knows that frozen foods require uninterrupted electricity supply but unfortunately those five days outage had cost us over N20 million.
“The traders were crying when we ordered them to surrender all the decayed food items for destruction.
“The market has a reputation for selling fresh frozen food and we cannot allow any trader to sell bad frozen food under our leadership.
“We have never incurred this kind of loss since we started operation many years ago.
She appealed to the State Government to assist the traders to stay in business, following their huge losses.
“Most of the traders affected are bread winners of their families. If the government cannot assist them now, who will they turn to for assistance?
“Most of these frozen foods were collected with promise to pay back after being sold, now that it has come to this situation, how do we pay back our loss?”
“We are appealing to EKEDC to always consider the impact of outages on our business and the health of the general public. Our business depends on regular supply of electricity.” she said.