Persistent rains, boost patronage of umbrellas, sweaters, rain boots

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The persistent rains in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have boosted patronage for anti-cold apparels such as sweaters, cardigans, rain boots, rain coat, shower-caps and umbrellas.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who monitored the development on Monday in some markets in Abuja gathered that many traders were counting their blessings as the rains have provided opportunities to make more profits.

Mr Cornelius Madueke, who sells umbrellas in Wuse Market, said he was making more sales now than before the rainy season.

“Before (the rains), I sold one umbrella for N900 but now it goes for N1, 800 because of its high demand. Business has been very good with every trader that deals with cold weather apparels or rubber shoes.

“Only that I regret the tremendous havoc the rain was causing in some parts of the city. Lives have been lost and many are homeless.

“I pray that government aids them with relief materials and people should have orientation not to block the drains with wastes,’’ Madueke said.

Another trader, Mr Abubakar Ismaila in Garki Market, who sells rain boots said that patronage had risen since the rains persisted.

“I make sales during raining seasons, I sell rain boot for N1, 000 during the dry season but since the raining season, the demand for it increased. I now sell each for N2, 000.

“Flooding has caused environmental problems in many parts of the city, especially markets and has also hampered free flow of business.

“Other businesses are not thriving as it should as a result of the rainy season. Small scale industrialists now find it difficult to meet their financial obligations,’’ Ismaila said.

Mrs Orefe Ibukun, dealer on sweaters, cardigans and shawls said business had been amazing and she was grateful to God.

“I thank God for the opportunity to make some sales during this rainy season. The weather is cold, so people need to get some clothing to cover.

“My business is a seasonal one. So I appreciate all the patronages I am getting,’’ Ibukun said.

Mrs Chinyere Ofodile, who was buying some rubber shoes, said she needed to get them to move around to save her leather shoes from the wet ground.

“I need the shoes to save my leather shoes. The weather now does not require one walking around the wet ground on leather shoes.

“The economic recession is biting so had that you don’t have to spoil your good shoes, since you can afford an alternative,’’ Ofodile said.

“Another customer, Mr Emeka Ugwu said he needed to protect his children from cold, so buying the cold garments was expedient.

NAN reports that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) predicted localised thunderstorm over the Central States of the country, especially Abuja, Makurdi, Obudu, Ibi, Jalingo and Ikom for Monday morning.

NiMet is a Federal Government agency charged with the responsibility to advise the Federal Government on all aspects of meteorology; project, prepare and interpret government policy in the field of meteorology.

It also has the responsibility to issue weather (and climate) forecasts for the safe operations of aircrafts, ocean going vessels and oil rigs. (NAN)