Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Andykios Caskets, Hon. Andrew Ekiokeyei who duobles as the current Chairman of Caskets Dealers Association of Bayelsa State, CDAB has revealed that caskets are sold to the dead but purchased by the living for burial of the dead.
Ekiokeyei who made the revelation while speaking with our correspondent in his production factory at Ogbogoro, in Yenagoa, said caskets are sold to the dead because it is the dead that needs caskets not the living.
The Ekeremor born business mogul said the association is aware of the complaints from customers regarding the increase in the price of caskets, but however blamed this on the cost of raw materials.
He explained that the global economic recession occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic and instability of the Naira to the Dollar has impacted on the price of caskets as according to him most of the components used for production are imported.
He also attributed the current hike in the price of caskets to the scarcity of woods, one of the major raw material for production and blamed it on deforestation and the non challant attitude of Bayelsans towards afforestation.
Ekiokeyei who was an S.A to former Governor Seriake Dickson called on Government to come out with a policy to save our forest and conserve the woods in order to generate revenue for Government and create jobs for the people.
He used the medium to appeal to customers to bear with the association at this trying times which is affecting every sector of the economy.
The Chief Executive Officer of Andykios Caskets maintained that as a business outfit that believes in giving back to the society he has assisted many families during the burial arrangement of their loved ones at discount price and some who cannot afford for free.