Lagos - Food sellers, hotel operators and some traders in Lagos markets recorded high patronage for their business during Wednesday’s May Day public holiday.
Mrs Iyabo Akinseloyin, a frozen foods dealer at Oloosa market, told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) that she made N20 000 on Wednesday which is almost double her usual daily sales.
Akinseloyin said she envisaged higher patronage and stocked her store with more goods.
Another trader, Mr Linus Okoroafor, who sells packaged rice around Daleko Market, Isolo said that he made extra sales on May Day.
``Sometimes, my boys sell only one bag or two in a day, but today I have sold up to 7 bags, and I know more people are still coming.
``Because of this, I sometimes wish the Workers' Day could be two days so that I can sell more,” he said.
Mrs Helen Ojiarkor, who sells soup ingredients and spices at Ijesha market, expressed satisfaction at the day's sales because it was a holiday.
Ojiarokor attributed the high patronage to that fact that most women, especially those who do white-collar jobs, had time to go shopping because of the holiday.
``Generally in the market, we had more patronage today. Vegetables, and all sorts of spices sold more because office women had time to come to the market.
``On a normal work day, I make between N2 500 and N3 000 but today, I have made close to N6 000 and I have ordered for new stock,” she said.
However, some shoppers complained that the prices of some items were inflated, especially household items, popularly called provisions.
Mr Marcel Godwin, who told NAN that he went shopping because his wife was indisposed, found some of the items costlier than expected.
Another buyer, Miss Ekaette Ubong, said she had to queue to buy provisions from her regular seller because some others who had fewer customers inflated their prices.
Mrs Omolola Aransiola, who sells household items at Ojuwoye market, said that the early downpour effected prices of goods because traders did not open their shops on time.
Aransiola said that when the rains subsided, patronage became higher and the prices became normal. She added that she had more patronage because of the holiday.
Mrs Joke Oni, a hairdresser at Ojuwoye market, also said that more customers patronised her shop on Workers' Day.
``My shop is this full because my customers took advantage of the holiday to make their hair. If not, I wouldn't have this number of customers in my shop on a Wednesday,” she said.
Mr Yekini Badmos, General Manager, De Next Hotel, Lagos, told NAN that the celebration helped to boost patronage.
``The management recorded an average of 200 visitors that patronised the hotel.
``Most of the visitors came to relax, have some fun and also engage in swimming to released themself from work stress,’’ Badmos said.
Mr Tijani Adeshina, Manager, Sweet sensation, Lagos-Island outlet, said more than 80 people patronised the outlet.
``It was a surprise to the management to record 80 customer in a day as it is during the yuletide period that customers normally throng the centre to eat and have some fun.
``Being workers day, people came out to enjoy themselves at the centre, that shows that Nigerians love funs and need more holiday to rest their nerves,’’ he said.
Mr Rilwan Aleshiloye, the Managing director, Alesh Hotel International, said the management made it highest sales on Wednesday compared to other days.
He said visitors occupied all the rooms in the hotel, adding that it boosted patronage.
``The food section, swimming section, the gym centre and bar were all occupied by visitors that came to relax them self during the worker day celebration.
``The management had upgraded it facilities to make it more befitting for relaxation and enjoyment, " he said.
Mr Abayomi Ololade, Manager, Rosellas Amusement Park, Lagos, said fun seekers and visitors throng the centre to have some fun and relax.
``Some parents came with their children to have some fun and enjoy themselves; the management recorded good sales and high patronage of visitors,’’ he said.
He expressed the need for civil servants to have more time for relaxation.