Abuja - Business operators at the Millenium Park in Abuja on Sunday said the problem of insecurity in the country was affecting business at the recreation centre.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many of those who conduct business in and outside the park are now complaining of reduced patronage.
They told NAN that this lull in business began immediately the country started recording incidences of insecurity in the city and its environs.
Omooba Olaremi, who sells drinks and food, said sales had not been too good for him.
“We used to record sales in thousands of Naira before. But since security of lives and properties have become a problem in this country, things have turned bad for us.”
“The only thing we can do now is to be prayerful because it is only God that can salvage the situation for us. It has got out of control,” he said.
A photographer in the park, Anivasa Yekini, said it had never been as bad as this in terms of business patronage for him.
“Before, it used to be fun, because so many people come around to relax. But now, everything has changed because of the security situation.”
“Only few people come here now and, unfortunately for us again, those that come prefer to use their different gadgets to take pictures of themselves, which is not good for us,” he said.
Yekini said the problem had also prevented those who conduct business in the part from working freely outside the park.
“Before now, if we are not doing well here, we go into public places and take pictures at events. But now, they don’t even allow us again.”
“This is because we go about with bags and most of the security men around these places will not even be patient enough to search our bags. They just send us away.”
“So, we are begging government to please find a lasting solution to this, so that normalcy can return to where we make a living,” he said.
Linus Ogbeche who gives out mats for rent said the situation had just improved after the closure of Wonderland Amusement Park.
He was however quick to say the improvement was not total.
Some of the visitors to the park also told NAN that the security situation had taken its toll on the park.
“Though we are bothered about insecurity in the country, but we just took the risk and left our lives in the hands of God,” one of the visitors, who asked not to be named, said.