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Petty Traders Count Losses As Naira Scarcity Bites Harder

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Sitting in the harmattan breeze and gazing skyward as though expecting heavenly manna, Mrs Chinenye Obi, a petty trader, cut a sorry figure.

She uttered some inaudible sounds, clasping both hands tightly as the wind gently blew her faded blue gown and the apron she tied around her waist, regretting the crazy naira scarcity.

Her feet looked dry from age and dust and her face had shriveled a bit.

Upon sighting our correspondent, she quickly stood up, and led him to her shop, where she sold vegetables, peppers, tomatoes and soup thickeners.

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The kiosk looked empty inside but was packed full on the outside with sacks upon sacks.

“Buy from me, fine uncle. I get pepper and tomatoes. I get ogbono (soup thickener); I go do you well,” she said, as she lit up her face with a wry smile.

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Asked if she could take bank transfer, she said, “Transfer? I don’t collect transfers at all. But you can withdraw from the PoS (Point of Sale) lady over there or buy from my neighbour,” she added, disappointed that she had lost a prospecting customer.

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