Woman laments, says Coronavirus cripples her business

Miss Rukayat Sheriff, a trader at the Uke community in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa state has continued to lament how coronavirus pandemic has destroyed her business and rendered her hopeless.

Sheriff, who sells pot in her shop located at Angwan Sariki road in Uke, told the Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation team who visited the community to interact with residents on the impact of coronavirus, that the pandemic has since destroyed her business.

Sheriff told the MAWA team that since the coronavirus began, she has continued to record huge low patronage from her customers.

A situation she said has destroyed her business made her poor and rendered her hopeless.

She, however, told the MAWA team that before the coronavirus, she made N5, 000 daily, but since the pandemic began, she struggles to make N500 daily.

“I am the worse hit by this coronavirus before the pandemic surfaced, I made N5,000 daily, but now, I struggle to make N500, this is not fair,” Sheriff said.

Sheriff, who said she lost her baby of recent, disclosed that her family now struggles to eat as she no longer has money to buy food and feed her family.

This is even as she told MAWA team that throughout the coronavirus lockdown, no single palliative was shared with the community residents by the government, considering the terrible hard time they went through during the period.

Sheriff disclosed that the coronavirus has since triggered high inflation in the market, pointing out that a Mudu of local rice is now sold for N800 at the Uke community.

She added that virtually all persons in the community have been rendered poor by the coronavirus pandemic, while they can no longer afford rice.

Sheriff explained that marriages are been terminated in the community as a result of coronavirus pandemic, pointing out that many husbands cannot provide for their household because they have lost their jobs, while those who still have jobs or do business cannot cope with the difficulties thrown up by the pandemic.

Sheriff standing inside her shop
Sheriff standing inside her shop

This report is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa OSIWA

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