2 The strike, already in its fourth month has seen to the absence of students, the major patrons, from the university community.
4 “I knew very well how this business thrives in university communities; that is one of the major reasons why I came here. I used to make much more money than my colleagues operating the same business elsewhere.
5 “My business is no more doing well as before. Right now I am struggling with it,’’ he said
6 Lawal, who also sells stationeries, said it had been double jeopardy because it was students who were buying such stuffs.
7 “I used to sell about 60 per cent of my goods in a month before, but since the ASUU strike began, I have been struggling to sell 30 per cent of my stock,’’ he added.
9 “The strike is affecting parents and students just as it is affecting business people. The presence of students in this area was an advantage to our businesses.
10 “Most times I open my shop from morning till night and end up not getting any money at all.
11 “If students were around, I get N10,000 and above daily,’’ he said.
12 Onyema said most of his patrons now are residents who were not buying much.’
13 He appealed to government to address the situation seriously as the strike was affecting the economy negatively.
15 “Since the ASUU strike started, I have been managing and I pray that the government will resolve the issue soon,’’ he said.
17 “This is my second shop. I close shops early these days as academic sessions had been halted and students are away from campus.
18 “When academic sessions were in full swing, I used to have clients from dawn to dusk,’’ he said.
19 Food vendors shared the same experience.
20 “This is the only business I do and the only place I have to operate, but as students are not here, I find it difficult to cook much food as I used to cook before.