Prices of food items rose the most in Kogi, Oyo, and River States in January, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released on Tuesday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown.

The report revealed that on a year-on-year basis, food price inflation was highest in Kogi at 26.64 per cent, Oyo at 23.69 per cent and Rivers at 23.49 per cent.

While Ondo at 17.20 per cent , Abuja at 16.73 per cent and Bauchi at 16.37 per cent recorded the slowest rise.

The report said on a month-on-month basis however, food inflation was highest in Oyo at 4.47 percent , Lagos at 3.86 per cent and Rivers at 3.11 per cent

Akwa Ibom had a 0.25 per cent rise, and Bayelsa at 0.13 per cent had the slowest rise, while Edo recorded price deflation or negative inflation (general decrease in the general price level of food or a negative food inflation rate).

All Items inflation

The report said in January, all items inflation on year-on-year basis was highest in Kogi at 21.38 per cent, Oyo at 120.17 percent and Bauchi at 1.352 per cent.

Kwara at 13.96 per cent, Abuja at 12.96 per cent and Cross river at 12.22 percent recorded the slowest rise in headline year on year inflation.

However, on a month on month basis, all items inflation was highest in Oyo at 4.28 percent, Ebonyi at 3.95 per cent and Lagos at 3.33 per cent , while Abuja, Edo and Cross River recorded general decrease in the general price level of food .

Less farm produce

Core inflation, which excludes volatile items like food and fuel, stood at 11.85 percent in January, up by 0.48 per cent when compared with 11.37 percent recorded in December ” NBS said.

“On a month on month basis, the core sub-index increased by 1.26 percent in January. This was up by 0.16 per cent when compared with 1.10per cent recorded in December last year,” the report said.

According to the report, the highest increases were recorded in prices of passenger transport by air, medical services, hospital services, repair of furniture, passenger transport by road, maintenance and repair of personal transport equipment.

Others are vehicle spare parts, hairdressing salons and personal grooming establishments, pharmaceutical products, paramedical services, and motor cars.

The NBS said CPI measures the average change over time in prices of goods and services consumed by people for day to day living.

The survey methodology generates indices for 3,774 items for all states and FCT.

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