About five days to the festival of Eid-el-Kabir, Ram venders inside Ibadan city are griping about low patronage.

A visit by a reporter of the News Agency of Nigeria to major ram market in the city on Wednesday showed that there were not many buyers in the market.

Some major ram markets visited by NAN include Bodija, Liberty Road and Iyaganku.

NAN reports that most buyers that came to the markets complained about the scarcity of fund to buy the rams.

NAN also reports that the price range of the rams was N25,000 to N65,000.

A ram seller, Malam Ibrahim Yobe, said that he was able to bring more rams to Oyo State this year compared to 2018. He said that rams were largely available but patronage was low.

He, however, complained about bad roads which made the journey difficult and called on the government to make road construction a priority.

Alhaji Sikiru Ibikunle, another ram seller, said the cost of feeding the rams contributed to the high price.

Ibikunle said that most ram sellers obtained loan from banks, which must be paid with interest.

He said that the low patronage was a big concern for them because the banks that gave them the loan would not listen to their complaints.

Also speaking with NAN, Mr Rabiu Atanda, a civil servant in Oyo State, said that the prices of rams were on the high side.

(NAN)

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