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Yuletide: Beauticians Forecast Good Patronage

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L-R: President of NULGE in Enugu State, Comrade Lofa Aneke, outgoing Chairman, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Dr Godwin Abonyi and PDP Chairman, Udenu LGA, Chief Emma Chima, during a send  off/church service for the Chairman at Udenu, Enugu State, recently.

L-R: President of NULGE in Enugu State, Comrade Lofa Aneke, outgoing Chairman, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Dr Godwin Abonyi and PDP Chairman, Udenu LGA, Chief Emma Chima, during a send off/church service for the Chairman at Udenu, Enugu State, recently.

A cross-section of hairstylists and beauticians at Okokomaiko and Ajangbadi markets, has said that they would have increased patronage in the lead-up to the Christmas celebration.

The beauticians said this in separate interviews with our correspondent  in Lagos recently.

They said that they were optimistic that the season would boost their business and attract more customers to them.

A hairstylist at the Okokomaiko Market, Mrs Idowu Ogundare,  said that during the season, more customers were interested in fixing a hairstyle called “lace wig’’, which she said was now in vogue.

She said that the prices of hairstyles now varied in line with the demand, adding that the bill of most stylists was also informed by the complexity of the hairdo.

“Prior to the Yuletide season, we fixed `lace wig’ at the cost of N1,800 but nowadays, the price ranges between N3,000 and N3,500, depending on the stylist.

“This week alone, I have fixed the hairstyle for not less than 15 different customers at the rate of N3, 200 per person; I am sure that the figure will increase by the third week of December,’’ she added.

Another stylist at the market, Mrs Ada Dikeh, said that she was particularly happy because the Yuletide season afforded her a good opportunity to maximise her profit.

“For me, business seemed quite dull until the beginning of December when I began to enjoy good patronage; I intend to make the best use of the season while it lasts,’’ she said.

A stylist who specialises in “million braids’’ Mr Steven Effiong, at the Ajangbadi market, said that as Christmas approached, the cost of fixing the braids was now N4,000, as against the previous price of N3,000.

“The benefits of the Yuletide season are so numerous especially for us. I now make the braids for N4,000, instead of the former price of N3,000.

“The hike in price is usually due to an increase in demand, as people want to look good in the season. I am sure that no matter the increase in price, most women will still pay,’’ he said.

A beautician at the market, Mrs Matilda Agwu, who specialises in facial massage, also expressed satisfaction at the level of patronage she currently enjoyed.

She said that the Yuletide season had exposed her business to new customers who had no prior knowledge of it.

“I usually carry my kit to saloons or shops where I could find women who are interested in massaging their faces.

“However, since the beginning of the month, a handful of customers now locate my shop to get a massage,’’ she said.

Agwu said that she was positive that her patronage would increase significantly as Christmas approached.

A beautician Mrs Ifeyinwa Odum, who specialises in manicure and pedicure at the Ajangbadi market, said that she was optimistic that she would make appreciable profit this season.

She said that she bought artificial nails and eyelashes from the Trade Fair Complex, Lagos, before fixing them for customers at stipulated prices.

Odum said that although her fees were low, when compared with those of hairstylists, she was still comfortable with her proceeds.

“This season, I collect N1, 000 to fix artificial nails in all the 10 fingers and toes, as against the former price of N700,’’ she said.

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Traders Protest FG’s Move To Restore Festac Town

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The move by the Federal Government to restore Festac Town in Lagos to its original status has sparked up protest among traders occupying Agboju Amuwo Planks and Building Materials Market.
The traders on Wednesday, protested at the FHA office in Festac Town against the demolition of their market, following the demolition of illegal structures by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) ahead of the restoration. 
The Tide recalls that there was a petition to the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, in 2020 about illegal structures that had taken over Festac Town.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting on the restoration of Festac town organised by FHA, last year, its South-West Zonal Manager, Mr Akintola Olagbemiro, said, “This year, we commenced the restoration of Festac town, following the consent judgement from the court against illegal occupants of Festac land.
“Our action is to save the residents from the insecurity that has taken over the entire Festac town as a result of illegal structures everywhere”.
The chairman of allottees of First Gate to Third Gate, Mr Kole Olatunji, in his remarks at the meeting said the land from First Gate to Third Gate was allocated between 1985 and 1999, noting that with the consent judgment, original owners of the land as allocated should take over their plots.
But the chairman of plank market, Muhammed Bello, protested the seven-day notice given to traders to vacate the place without alternative arrangements.  
Bello said: “How do they expect us to remove our wares in seven days?
“What we want is that they should allow us to remain there and we will pay whatever amount they ask us to pay”.
Speaking in the same vein, the chairman of Cane Chair and Furniture Association, Emmanuel Okoye said: “We need freedom. Let them tell us where they want us to stay. That place was swampy. We filled the place with several millions of Naira which we got as loans.
“We also rely on loans to do our business. Whatever the government wants us to pay; we are ready to pay to remain there. We have been there for 27 years. What we lost to the demolition is over N300 million”.

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Fuel Tanker Explosion Kills Five, Injures Two In Ogun

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No fewer than five persons were on Wednesday burnt to death, while two others sustained first degree of injury in a fuel tanker explosion at Ajilete, along Owode-Idiroko road, in Yewa South local government area of Ogun State.
Eyewitness accounts revealed that a truck bearing 33,000 litres of petroleum product was descending the steep portion of the road when its tank suddenly detached from truck’s body and tumbled to the ground with a bang.
The explosion, the witnesses said, killed five persons on the spot, while two other persons were injured.
The Tide learnt that the seven victims were all residents of the area where the accident occurred.
Confirming the incident, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Commander, Idiroko Unit, Akinwunmi Olaluwoye, said five deaths were recorded in the accident which occurred at about 8.15 am on Wednesday. 
According to him, the remains of the dead had been claimed by their families.
He disclosed that a bus and a motorcycle were also caught in a web of the explosion and razed.
He said, “no vehicle rammed into the tanker. The tank dropped off from the back of the tanker and exploded. The number of persons involved are seven; five dead, two injured.
“The driver had taken away the head of the truck as at the time we got there. But we have allowed the police to take charge and handle that aspect”.

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Travellers To Access $4,000  As CBN Boosts Forex Supplies

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Nigerians travelling abroad can now access a maximum amount of $4,000 foreign exchange from banks following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) announcement to increase forex supplies.
The CBN had said in a recent statement that it had concluded plans to increase the amount of foreign exchange allocated to banks to meet legitimate needs.
This followed the warning by the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, to Deposit Money Banks to desist from denying customers the opportunity to purchase foreign exchange.
The purposes to access forex included Personal Travel Allowance, Basic Travel Allowance, tuition fees, and medical payments as well as Small and Medium Enterprises transactions or for the repatriation of Foreign Direct Investment proceeds, the CBN had stated.
Sources from some of the banks said those travelling on business trips could also access a maximum amount of $5,000 for each trip.
At a virtual Bankers’ Committee meeting last week, the bankers discussed how the CBN intended to assist with forex to ensure availability for the upcoming summer period and the return of students to school in September.
The CBN also said the BDCs would continue to have their weekly allocations.
The committee observed that the rates were going up.
It stated, “The CBN has said that all the banks must make availability at all times and anyone who wants to buy BTA, PTA, medical fees, student school fees and all the eligible invisible purchases to ensure that Nigerians are not forced to go and queue in the parallel market.
“So what the Central Bank is doing is to encourage all banks to make sure that there is available forex at all times, and that his information should be communicated on all our platforms.
“We are asking our customers to come to the branches and for BTA, for example, present the required documents, which are basically your international passport, your visa, your valid ticket and fill up the form in the bank.
“And what we have been instructed to do is ensure that we don’t turn anybody back and that we should request from the Central Bank once we exhaust the forex that we have.
“The idea is to have a hitch-free summer period and the resumption for children to go back to school. The idea is to ensure there is less pressure on the forex and then the rates will come down”.
Speaking during the virtual meeting, the Group Managing Director, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, said, “I think again as part of the Central Bank’s role in terms of price stability and the need to support small and medium enterprises, there was highlight of the need for banks to go and support SMEs who import small raw materials for them to set up their businesses”.
The Managing Director, Ecobank, Patrick Akinwuntan, said, “All banks are available to ensure forex need is met.”
Managing Director, Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman, said the CBN had provided sufficient foreign exchange to meet the needs of all legitimate Nigerian travellers and therefore, the idea of going to any other market should not arise at all.

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