ABUJA – Business activities were low in Maraba, a suburb of Abuja in Nasarawa State, as residents participated in the gubernatorial and state assembly elections.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Correspondent who monitored business activities in the area reported that most of the shops in the area were shut down from business.
However, few traders were seen around the Maraba Market, selling different items which ranged from meat, food stuff, fruits and vegetables, to satchet water.
Some of the traders who spoke to NAN said that they needed to operate their businesses to feed their family.
Mr Sumaila Ahamu, a meat seller, said he had to sell the remaining meat he bought since Friday to avoid spoilage due to unstable power supply.
“I came out today to sell the meat I did not finish selling yesterday because some of the meat has started spoiling.
“If I don’t sell the meat and it goes bad, I will not have any money to buy another one,’’ Ahamu said.
Mr Suleman Abdullahi, food vendor also said he decided to operate the business because he registered for the election in Kano State.
Mrs Uchenna Eze, a vegetable seller, said: “I came out to sell my vegetables because some are getting too dried will spoil.
“If I allow all to spoil, how will I take care of my children?’’
Mr Sani Maigari, mat seller, said he came to transact business at the polling centres because some voters who could not stand for long would always buy mats to seat.
NAN reports that commercial motorcycle operators went about their normal business in spite of restriction on vehicular movement.(NAN)
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