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2021 ELD-EL-KABIR: Ram sellers lament low patronage

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By FEMI IGE --- Some ram sellers within Ado-Odo/Ota Local area of Ogun State have expressed concern over low patronage of buyers ahead of the Sallah celebrations.

They made this known in separate in an interviews with journalists.

Mr Musa Abdullahi, a seller at toll-gate ram market, Sango-Ota, attributed the low level of patronage to the current economic situation in the country.

Abdullahi said that they had to pay N5, 000 on each of the ram to transport them from Kano to Lagos.

He further explained that the N5, 000 were used by drivers to give bribe to security personnel on the road.

“We have to add the transport fares and the money used to feed them on the cost price before they are finally sold to customer,” he said.

He said that the a big size of ram goes for between N150, 000 to N180, 000, while a medium size were sold for between N90, 000 to N100, 000.

Abdullahi also said that the price of smallest size of ram goes for between N50, 000 to N70, 000.

He said that they believe that Allah would turn things round for better this year as they made more sales in 2020.

Abdullahi appealed to the Federal Government to intensify efforts in tackling the security challenges so that the prices of rams could be drastically reduce next year.

Also, Alhaji Sule Mohammed, a ram seller at Ijako market said that the low level of patronage could be attributed to economic hardships in the country.

Mohammed said that they paid through their nose for transportation before bringing the rams from Niger Republic to the country.

He said that the high cost of rams had been attributed to scarcity occasioned by insecurity challenges.

Mohammed added that the high cost of living had also affected the cost of feeding the rams coupled with the fall in the value of naira.

“To be frank with you, the price of ram this year is much higher compared to last year,” he said.

Mohammed further said he had been in the ram business for a long time and this year appeared to be different. NAN

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