Nigerian inflation figures for August 2022 have risen to unprecedented level.
The figures rose to 20.52 per cent, which is 3.52 per cent higher when compared to the rate recorded in August 2021 at 17.01 per cent, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Thursday.
Inflation rose 17 years high to 19.64 per cent in July as the new rate of 20.52 reflects the sufferings of Nigeria.
National Bureau of Statistics blamed the surge in inflation on yearly basis on the “Disruption in the supply of food products; increase in import cost due to the persistent currency depreciation and general increase in the cost of production.”
It said inflation rose higher in August compared to July because of “Decline in current month food index relative to the reference month index which is due to harvest season and Relative stability in transportation cost due to availability of fuel.”
The soaring prices in August is also a setback to the Central Bank of Nigeria efforts to combat inflation.
In the report, NBS said that the food inflation rate in August 2022 was 23.12 per cent on a year-on-year basis; which was 2.82 per cent higher compared to the 20.30 per cent recorded in August 2021.
It was also higher than the 22.02 per cent food inflation recorded in July 2022.
The rise was attributed to “increases in prices of bread and cereals, food product, potatoes, yam and other tuber, fish, meat, oil and fat.”
NBS said, “Inflation rate on a year-on-year basis was highest in Ebonyi (25.33 per cent), Rivers (23.70 per cent), Bayelsa (23.01 per cent), while Jigawa (17.30 per cent), Borno (17.56 per cent) and Zamfara (18.04 per cent) recorded the slowest rise in headline Year-on-Year inflation.
It also said “On a month-on-month basis, however, August 2022 recorded the highest increases in Anambra (2.78 per cent), Ondo (2.53 per cent), Nasarawa (2.40 per cent), while Yobe (0.68 per cent), Borno (0.84 per cent) and Zamfara (0.98 per cent) recorded the slowest rise on month-on-month inflation.