Ondo, Kogi, Rivers Lead as Inflation Hits 22.41%

The average prices of goods rose the highest year-on-year in Ondo, Kogi, and Rivers states, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

This is as inflation in the country rose to 22.41 per cent in May, the NBS disclosed. In the ‘Consumer Price Index’ for May 2023, inflation for the three states was higher than the national average.

The statistics body said, “in May 2023, all items inflation rate on a year-on-year basis was highest in Ondo (25.84 per cent), Kogi (25.70 per cent), and Rivers (25.02 per cent).”

Taraba (19.55 per cent), Sokoto (19.56 per cent), and Plateau (19.89 per cent) recorded the slowest rise in headline inflation on year-on-year, with the three states’ inflation rates lower than the national average. Lagos, the country’s commercial center, had an inflation rate of 24.33 per cent in May.

The NBS stated that high cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages drove inflation to 22.41 per cent in May, a new 18-year record.

This was a 0.19 percentage point increase from the 22.22 per cent it was in April, when inflation rose to a new 18-year record high. According to the statistics body, year-on-year inflation rose by 4.70 per cent from the 17.71 per cent it was in May 2022.

In its CPI report for May 2023, the NBS said, “In May 2023, the headline inflation rate increased to 22.41 per cent relative to April 2023 headline inflation rate which was 22.22 per cent.

“Looking at the movement, the May 2023 inflation rate showed an increase of 0.19 per cent points when compared to April 2023 headline inflation rate. Similarly, on a year-on-year basis, the headline inflation rate was 4.70 per cent points higher compared to the rate recorded in May 2022, which was (17.71per cent).”

The body noted that in May, the average prices of things rose by 0.03 per cent. It also stated that the percentage change in the average CPI for the twelve months period ending May 2023 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelve months period was 21.20 per cent, showing 4.75 per cent increase compared to 16.45 per cent recorded in May 2022.

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