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Traders In Calabar Decry Low Patronage

Posted: Apr 5, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A cross section of traders at various markets in Calabar has complained of low patronage of their businesses in the recent months, noting that the situation has made life difficult for them.

Innocent Muoka, a shoe seller at Watt Market, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he had been experiencing low patronage in his business for some time now, adding that the drastic reduction in the volume of sales has affected his turnover.

“Now we sell our wares without gain; we sell our wares just to have money to feed and this is very bad. I do not know what is happening, but I only appeal to government to release money into the economy so that business can boom again.”

Iyabo Omisore, who sells kitchen utensils, said that patronage to her business this time was at a very low level.

“There is nothing going on at all; now is a very dull moment. Transport fares within the state and other parts of the country have increased. Sometimes we come to the market only to sleep in the shop. The situation is really difficult for us,” she said.

A dealer in textiles at Marian Market, Michael Daniel, also decried the poor sales experienced by traders in the Cross River State capital.  Daniel stated that the situation may have resulted from the delay in the passage and implementation of the 2016 budget.

“People say it is because of the delay in passing the budget. I am worried because the situation is affecting me and my family. I even hawk around this time just to see if I can sell something and get money in order to feed my family; and after the hustling, I come back with little or nothing. It is really a tough situation,” Daniel said.