Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter chairman of the Association for Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATWAP), Mr Mohammed Aku Okpanachi has said the price of table water popularly known as ‘Pure” water is to increase due to the high cost of production materials.
Speaking on Tuesday to journalists at the opening ceremony of a two-day training workshop for members of the association, he said at the end of the training workshop, table water producers were going to shut production down to enable them to clean the system and change some production lines before the increase.
He said producers face challenges such as the high cost of diesel, lack of power as well as high cost of production, stressing that the price of table water sales reflects the situation of the country.
Okpanachi noted that the current price of dollars and materials for producing the table waters were high hence, it was long overdue for a price increase and Nigerians should expect it.
He assured Nigerians that they should expect that the producers of table water would give them hygienic water and value for their money.
On her part, the National President of the association, Dr Clementina Ative said:
“I don’t even want to talk about inflation. But if we are to talk about it, I will tell you that presently and that is what informed this training. Presently ATWAP members are just doing charity business because as of now, if you input all your cost into production and you put it at what you want to sell the product, Nigerians will buy water for 50 naira per sachet.”
She said the training became imperative because the producers are moving towards self-regulation to ensure that they continue to give Nigerians quality water for consumption.
On the production of table water, Ative said producers have been making losses, some were out of business already as the cost of production was so high and they have still maintained their old prices just to remain in business.