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Some Traders in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Thursday complained of low sales, lamenting that the whole of the economy is dull.
PLATFORM TIMES reporter who visited some markets such as Kuto; Lafenwa, Sapon among others observed that activities at those markets are very dull.
Some traders were seen sleeping in front of their shops in the markets.
PLATFORM TIMES reporter also observed that,the market which is scanty of buyers making some sellers dozing off in front of their goods as the prospective buyers were not coming to patronize them.
In an interview with PLATFORM TIMES reporter, Adedeji Bisi, a provision seller, at kuto market said the trading is dull due to the hike in cost of things .
She said, “the civil servants are the one patronizing her the most, and since they also complain of delay in salaries, which in turn affect her sales.
“She pleaded to the Governor , Dapo Abiodun to pay up the Civil Servants salaries so they could patronise them .
A butcher at Lafenwa ,Tunmise Odekunle complained about the high cost of cow transportation which has made the meat to be more costly.
He added that meat that they got for around N50,000 before is now about N100,000 ,saying that to get the cows Is also a problem due to the fight between the Fulani and the Yoruba farmers .
He said “.Because of this fight between the tribes we can’t go to the exact location they purchase cows again.”
A Ram seller, Lawal lukman at Sapon market said ” before , when ileya festival is coming like this, buyers will be coming to our place to buy ram for Ileya festival.”
He lamented that the market is very still, saying that ,people are not coming to buy Ram like before ‘maybe it as a result of of the high cost of Ram’.
A cloth seller at Lanfewa market complained that he has not eaten since morning because he had not sold anything.
He also said ” people are not buying cloth for ileya festival, It does not show that ileya festival is coming up in few days times.
“I even went out to borrow money to buy cloth because of Ileya festival but people are not patronising us.”
At Kuto motor park, a commercial bus driver,Idris Sodiq said the petroleum has been the main factor that determines transport fare, saying, the passengers dont want to understand.
He said, “For instance, petroleum was N145 per liter which now sells at N163 or N165 per liter.
“He further explained that although rise and fall in the price of petroleum has occurred many times, yet some other factors revolve around .