Livestock merchants, especially ram sellers in Abuja have expressed dismay over low patronage barely days before the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Some of the sellers, who spoke to Nigerian Pilot Sunday in Abuja yesterday, lamented the situation and attributed the low patronage to the paucity of finance that arose from the lull in the country’s economy.
The sellers complained that their business has nosedived because the economy was still on the downward slope several months after the inauguration of the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Secretary of Apo Roundabout Ram Sellers Association, Mr. Salihu Ibana, blamed the situation on the inability of President Buhari to appoint ministers, adding that a lack of ministers means lack of direction in governance.
“The problem we have is that there is no money in the country now, people are not coming to buy ram as they used to come in previous years. Has it been that people have money, they will come and buy ram from us. Ministers used to come here and buy ram during this period, but as since they are not yet to be appointed business is dull now.”
Another ram seller, Mallam Saliru Mohammed, said though there is a slight increase in the price of ram patronage this year is rather low compared to previous years, but was optimistic business will look up before the D-day.
“Ram is costly this year and people are complaining over the lack of money. I think some that have travelled to Saudi Arabia are yet to return and when they do there may likely be improved sales. I hope that by Monday or Tuesday, people will come and buy. Even on Sallah Day, but as it is now, the market is very slow”
Nigeria Pilot Sunday also gathered that prices of livestock have increased in the market due to Eid-el-Kabir celebration. The price ranges from N90, 000 to N20, 000 depending on the size of the ram.
In Lugbe market, the situation is equally not different, as ram that were hitherto sold for between N30, 000 to N35, 000 now goes for N60, 000 and those within the range of N45, 000 now goes for N75, 000.
According to Malam Ahmadu a ram seller, patronage has been low, as people are complaining there is no money in the country. But, he is optimistic that the turnout will improve in a couple of days.

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