Traders Record Poor Sales In PH …Blame Economy, Rains


Traders at the Creek Road Market in Port Harcourt have lamented the poor patronage of their goods by customers in the market.
The traders also frowned at the poor state of the market environment, describing it as unhygienic and called for periodic cleaning of the area.
Mr Michael Anyabulke, who deals on food stuffs in the market told The Tide yesterday that they were experiencing low patronage due to heavy down pour.
Anyabuilee, who is also a member of Creek Road Food Sellers Association attributed the low sales to poor economic situation in the country.
He explained that customers now buy food stuffs on credit unlike before when they bought with cash.
According to him, as a dealer, he sells 10-25 bags of beans a week but now he only sells six bags a week, describing the situation as unfortunate.
Also speaking, Madam Onuwa who deals on vegetable called on government to pay salaries earlier to workers so as to enable them purchase their needs.
He also advised residents of the city to engage in farming to reduce hardship and better their lives. She appealed to the state government to provide land to would-be farmers in the state.
Onuwa called for government support to the traders by granting them soft loans to enable them carry out their business activities in the state. The traders who said they lacked cooperative society in the market to aid them fund their business called for formation of cooperative society to alleviate their plight.
Speaking to The Tide, Madam Mary Jack, a customer on food stuffs in the city, attributed the low patronage to lack of money card, unemployment -Madam Jack called on state and federal government to provide employment for youths to reduce their suffering.
Also speaking, Dr. Mercy Amakasiri who resides at Borikiri said lack of money has forced traders to sell below their usual sales and equally called on the state government to create more jobs for the youth.