21 April 2003

Nigeria: Election Halts Food Business in Fagge

Last Saturday's governorship and presidential elections in Fagge quarters of Kano brought the business of food vendors, mainly dominated by housewives, to a standstill as customers went for the elections.

Fagge quarters for years is popularly known as one of the quarters where food business is booming in Kano metropolis.

This is so because of the quarters being close to the three major markets in Kano State, viz Kantin Kwari and Sabon Gari markets, as well as Fagge Yanbabura.

During the last elections, and as a result of restriction of movement, the markets were closed and most of the customers buying food from Fagge quarters went for election thereby making it compulsory for the women in the business not to cook during the just concluded gubernatorial and presidential elections.

Very few of these women cooked small quantity of food on the election day. "The food is finished as we did not cook much food today because of the elections," replied one girl to a water vendor when asked to bring food for him to buy.

In normal days, it is not unusual to see youths carrying quantities of cooked food on bicycles, motorcycles or trekking out of Fagge quarters to the two major markets and offices close to the quarters to potential customers.

Even some residents of the area who are not into the business do not usually cook afternoon meals, but rather buy from the food vendors.

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