Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Yuletide: Traders decry non-payment of workers’ salaries

Traders in the federal capital territory have decried the non-payment of workers’ December salary even as they say it has negatively affected patronage in major markets.

Some of the traders who spoke with The Abuja Inquirer said patronage have been relatively low, compared with past Christmas period, where the inflow of customers is usually very high especially days to the celebration.

Though our correspondent observed the influx of customers into most markets, the traders say the presence of customers did not translate into sales, saying the cash crunch in the economy as well as the increase in the prices of food item has left most customers leaving the market with less than they would have normally bought.

A trader at the Utako market, Mrs Evelyn Dunia, said this year’s Christmas shopping has been dull since the first week of December when the yuletide shopping kicked off in Abuja.

She said, “sales have been really bad for us this year. We had expected that by now one can conveniently close for the year, but we haven’t been able to do so because we still have stocks that should have normally have been sold before Christmas. All people have been doing since the beginning of this month is to price and go without buying.”

Another trader at the Bwari market, Mr. Paul Onah, said Christmas sales have been poor since many workers are yet to be paid salaries.

According to Onah, he made more sales last year than this year, adding that the sales promo embarked upon by traders has not yielded the expected result.

“Christmas sales this year has been really poor because civil servants are yet to receive their salaries. Most of them just come to the market and try to buy the little they can afford. We just hope this would not continue next year.”

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