Easter celebration: Jos markets empty of shoppers




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JOS – Markets in Jos metropolis and environ were on deserted of shoppers as Good Friday holiday commences to mark Easter celebration preparations.

A survey conducted in some of the markets by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed empty parking lots, few traders and fewer visitors, giving it the semblance of an empty town.

Markets visited included Terminus in the heart of Jos, Satellite in Gada-Biyu and the vegetable market all in Jos North local government area of .

Few shoppers in the markets told NAN they only came for top- as they already had their stock prior to the presidential election on March 28.

They said that they had earlier stocked their houses with foodstuff for fear of possible crisis arising from the polls.

According to some of them, this affected their Easter shopping as they already had their household needs for the Easter celebrations ahead to time.

Mrs Kaneng Peter, a housewife, said she was at the Terminus Market just to purchase few foodstuffs in addition to what she already had as she travels to her village in Foron for Easter.

“There were things was supposed to get immediately after the elections, but I was afraid that unscrupulous people may react to the elections result so I postponed the shopping for today,’’ she said.

At the Satellite market, Gada-Biyu, Mrs Priscilla Ebube, said she was there for perishable foodstuff like tomatoes and vegetables which she could not get before the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

“The traders did not stock fresh perishable foodstuff for fear of likely crises arising from the polls.

“I am in the market to buy tomatoes and vegetable but I still cannot find fresh stock, the traders are complaining that the elections prevented them from getting fresh supply,’’ she said.

Mrs Chineye Ebube, provisions seller at the Terminus market, said companies failed to supply them needed goods prior to the presidential election hence her stock is low.

According to her, the has remained the same, saying “my shop is virtually empty because needed goods have not been supplied and this may continue until probably after the gubernatorial and state houses of assembly elections are held.

“Suppliers are sceptical about supplying goods even though the Easter celebration is around the corner, for fear of their retrieving their money safely in spite of the massive demands for the goods.

However, the vegetables market witnessed rush of residents and travellers to get mostly ingredients for salad making which is cheaper compared to other in markets in Jos metropolis.

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Malam Saleh Adamu, a vegetable seller at the market, said despite the low supply of vegetables, they were still able to satisfy their customers by giving them what they desired at an affordable .

NAN also reports that other markets in Bukuru, Jos South local government area, also suffered similar loss. (NAN)
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