By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Activities around business centres and offices in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday were still on a slow pace, even as workers resumed work after the yuletide season, marking the end of the 2014 year.
Recall that most of the offices and shops were hitherto closed for activities during the yuletide season, in celebration of the just concluded Christmas and New Year festivities.
However, Peoples Daily observed that, activities have not fully picked up in the city, as some shops and offices are not opened for business, whereas activities in most motors parks are still on a low tempo.
According to a resident at Wuse, Mrs. Annabel Thomas: “I returned back from the village yesterday (Sunday) , and looking around today (Monday), I can see that business activities is picking up slowly, but it is not yet normal as before, even inside the market is not full with people,”
“There is no much business today, as people are still returning back from the New year and Christmas celebrations, we believe by end of the month residents will come back fully.”
Another resident, Chide Adoga says “Although, I did not travelled out of the town ,but from my observations ,some residents have returned to start their normal businesses.
“And some governmental activities have not picked up, because of one reason or the other, while ome business centers are still closed for any kind of activities.”
“Today is Monday, the main market day of Dutse Alhaji in Bwari Area Council; and the market has since started having full boisterous activities.
“Traders have also taken their normal spaces after gracefully displaying their different wares to catch the gaze and attention of their prospective buyers,” says another resident, Ali Audu.
For Chung Dung, seen at Area 1, in Garki District, in some places in the area, business activities have returned, even though some people have not returned to the city center.
He noted that some people will not return until after the forthcoming elections, because some are afraid of what will happen during and after the exercise.
“There is low pace of activities in Abuja, because most residents are yet to return to the city, while some will not return till the end of January, this month, but business activities are picking up gradually,” Dung stressed.
Not left out, Azaki Shaks, a trader who resides in Wuse District, observes that: “At least there is more patronage today, because business activities have almost returned fully, we are praying that people will return to their work place hale and hearty ,so that we will continue our normal businesses.”
“For me business activities have resumed fully, residents are all over the place, going about their normal businesses. “Even though some shops are still closed in some areas, people are still returning from their trips, and by God’s grace, before the end of the week activities will fully pick up,” a resident at Jabi, Utako District, Esther Obadiah said.