BY NONYE EKWENUGO
Barely 24 hours to the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir by Muslim faithfuls, ram sellers have lamented low patronage in Kaduna.
LEADERSHIP correspondent who visited some ram markets on Sunday in Kaduna observed that, no buyer was sighted in the large expanse of land where ram sellers are gathered.
Some of the sellers tell their stories; Shamsudeen Umar said, “I came here for the past 8 days to sell my rams but I have not sold even one, last year we have ram of N60,000 but this year 2021 ram of N60,000 is now N100,000 to N120,000”.
Umar called on the Kaduna state government to pay civil servants their entitlements so that, they can be able to buy whatever they need particularly the Mislim faithful to be able to perform the sacrifice of ram slaughtering at this festive period.
On his part, Suleiman Shehu said that insecurity is the major factor that contributed to the increase in the price of rams and the low patronage.
” Before, we buy ram from Zamfara and Katsina States, but now there are no ram in the two states because of increased insecurity.
He also lamented that the increase in the ram feed also contributed to increase in the price of rams. ” A bag of feed was N1500 last year but now it is N5600″.
Shehu also lamented on low patronage, stressing that, “last year I could sell two to three rams in a day but today I just sold one after seven days.
He therefore appealed to government to end banditry and cattle rustling so that they can go about their normal businesses.