There were anxieties before the elections as many business owners’ closed shops and some relocated to avoid post-election violence.Our investigation yesterday revealed that normal business activities resumed yesterday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.Most business places, shops and markets, within the city that have been under lock before the elections have reopened for business.Some shops owners at Utako Market who spoke to our correspondent said they travelled out of fear of violence after the presidential election.One of them, Mr. Amadi, said he travelled to his hometown because of the political tension that preceded the elections, adding that he returned during the Easter holiday. He thanked God for the peaceful outcome of the elections.Mrs. Catherine Ogbeh did not travel, and she expressed her happiness that the market is picking up gradually, saying: “If you had come here two weeks ago, the market was so scanty and sales really dropped. Those that have stocks inflated their prices.”In Lagos seaports, businesses seem to be picking up after the presidential and National Assembly elections held nationwide. Importers and freight forwarders put the growth rate at about one percent since after the peaceful conclusion of the election at the center. The National President of Association of Nigerian Customs License Agents (ANCLA), Prince Lanre Shittu, in a telephone chat with Daily Trust, said though business activities within and around the Lagos Ports have not reached optimal level since the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly Elections, however, the growth rate is now about one percent.According to him, before the elections there were lots of uncertainties, caused by the heightened tension in the country. Businessmen and women withheld their funds and were waiting to see how the pendulum swings.President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Chief Eugene Nweke, said on phone that importers are now moving back into the seaports and business is picking up gradually. In Kano, a day to the presidential election date, many people in the state had made last minute shopping with much expectation that there would be crises whenever the result was announced.“We didn’t go to the market from that Friday before the election, and we spent five days at home without going anywhere, waiting for the result to be announced.”Sani Muhammad, who is also a businessman, said they received hundreds of customers last Thursday, soon after the result was announced. “Yes, we spent days at home but we did not regret it because when we came back on Thursday we got a lot. In fact, as I am talking to you now more people are coming to the market.”It has been noticed in the market that even customers who stopped coming to Kano after the attack at the Central Mosque have all returned, while stores which remain closed for years have opened since that Thursday.
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