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Ramadan: Scanty markets, low patronage
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Ramadan: Scanty markets, low patronage

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Ramadan begins tomorrow. It is a period when Muslim faithful across the world  observe fasting.

As usual, they are expected to stock their homes with staple foods and other things they will need during the period.

But, many of them are constrained to do this, no thanks to the prevailing  recession, that have driven prices to the roof tops.

In the past, when it is two weeks to Ramadan, markets get busier with patronage increasing by daily.  Shoppers, mostly Muslims, troop in and out of markets to buy goods, mainly foodstuffs and fruits. Visits to Idumota, Mile12, Oyingbo, Daleko and other foodstuff markets in Lagos revealed that sales were low with few customers buying up some of the items on display. This time, the markets have refused to ride on the crest of the spirit of the season.

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