Yuletide: Market traders lament low patronage, blame the current hardship in the country

Traders at the New Market, one of the popular markets in Enugu, the capital of Enugu State, have complained about low patronage during this year’s Christmas season.

One of the traders who sells rice, beans, garri, and maize noted that during last year’s Christmas, a customer could purchase up to three bags of rice. But this year, customers could only purchase a bag because of the high cost of the food item.

He added that the prices of food items have soared. For instance, a paint bucket of rice was sold in the range of N2,400 and N2,500 before December, but now it is sold for N2,700.

He also stated that the high transport fares, which were caused by an increment in fuel prices, were one of the major causes of the rise in the prices of food items.

Another trader, Mr. Charles Madubike, who sells textiles, also lamented about low patronage.

He said that this time last year, he had almost finished selling all the goods in his shop, but this year he had recorded a very low patronage due to the hardship people are currently passing through in the country.

Admitting an increase in the prices of his goods, he blamed it on the exchange rate, importation, and the existence of a few local textile industries.

In his words, “Some of the textiles in Nigeria are not functioning anymore, so all these things are imported… (and) exchange rate.”







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