Traders count losses at Kubwa NYSC Orientation Camp



Traders doing business at the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Kubwa in Bwari Area Council of the FCT have lamented abysmal sales.Less than a week to the winding up of the three-week orientation camp, many say they are yet to recover their capital, not to talk of making profit.One of them, simply called Mama Favor, who owns a restaurant at the mammy market of the camp, told City News that though she is relatively new in the business in the camp, her present experience was the worst.She said she spent about N120,000 in setting up the business, including the fee charged by the camp authorities, but said she was yet to make up to N100,000 from her sales.Anthony, a photographer, accused the camp management of high-handedness and greed, attributing the poor sales to steady increase of allocation of space to so many traders for business at the camp.He however said the ugly experience would not be a discouragement to his coming back in subsequent editions, expressing optimism that the next set of corps members would be better.It was however a different story for Okey Uzoma, who runs photo-copying business in the market. He said although the sales were not too encouraging, he had been able to realize his head-cost, and is already making profit.Okey, who said the present set of corps members are better than that of last batch, said the increase in sales may not be unconnected to the increase in materials required to be photocopied by corps members, as well as presence of additional banks.A corps member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the traders’ complaints of abysmal sales may be as a result of high prices of their products, which he said could be justifiable in view of the erratic power and other expenses they incurred in the process of setting up the business.


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