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Coronavirus: Nasarawa traders decry low patronage amid soaring prices

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TRADERS at Aso community market in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State today decry low patronage since the advent of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.

Some of the traders attributed the low patronage to increase in prices of goods as a result of the pandemic.

Sunday Jideofor, who sell clothes at the market, said that prices of goods have skyrocketed since the pandemic came into the country.

“Since the advent of COVID-19 in Nigeria, prices of good have been moving higher and it is affecting businesses, because rather than making profit, we are losing. Customers hardly come to buy goods; we have been recordinglow turnover and this is not good for the business environment,” Jideofor said.

Also, a motor parts dealer, Clifford Ogu, said it would take Nigeria 10 years to recover from the damage COVID-19 has done to her economy.

Equally, ChinyereAgu, who sells female hair attachments, blamed the current market situation on the rise of exchange rate.

She attributed rising exchange rate to COVID-19, saying that the pandemic has destroyed the economy and distorted business activities while calling on governments to put a workable alternative in place to avert a huge economic consequence of pandemic on the country’s economy.

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