Eid-el-Fitr: Cinema, parks operators decry low patronage

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ABUJA – Cinema and park operators in the (FCT), have decried low patronage as celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr festival.

Some of the operators, spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, attributed the reason to hardship and the current security in the country.

Mr Terkura Avue the operator on duty at Silver Bird Cinema said the low patronage was unexpected.

He however expressed hope that fun seekers would vist the cinema before the end of the day.

“We believe the low patronage is due to the insecurity in the country; people have decided to take precaution and stay at home.

“People want to be confident that they are save when they come out and government has to instill this confidence in the people.

are crumbling as a result of the low patronage,’’ he said.


Avue urged entrepreneurs to complement government’s efforts by setting up security checks at business places and centres.

Mr Wilson Olugu, an artist, said the Eid-el-Fitr celebration was dull for art workers as lovers of the arts did not patronize them during the festival.

“I wish there was no festival; it has been so dull and I cannot wait for the festive period to end so that we can return to our normal activities,’’he said.

An of the Millennium Park did not want his name mentioned, told NAN that the turnout of fun seekers at the park was “okay.’’

He said people normally visit parks to spend time with their friends and , saying that parks did not record the usual crowd during festive periods.

Some parents came out with their to the park told NAN in separate interviews that they had confidence in the security put in place at the park and there was nothing to fear.

Mr Muhammed Kabir and Mrs Aisha Ahmed said they had come to have fun and were not afraid.

NAN that security personnel were positioned at strategic locations in Abuja across the FCT to ensure security and orderliness in places.

Most streets in the city centre recorded low traffic while the expressways leading into the city recorded heavy traffic jam as result of security check points mounted by . (NAN)