May Day which is celebrated on 1st of May every year is usually characterized by match pasts by various Unions in both civil and public services as well as corporate bodies. As a result, many Trade and Labour Unions put on different brands of T-shirts or polo for the occasion. Dealers in polo, T. shirts and face caps therefore, enjoy high patronage during this period as many Unions, ministries and agencies make huge purchases of the item and face cap to go with it. This no doubt has benefited dealers in the product over the years.
However, this year, the story is not the same. One of the dealers at Ogbete Market, Enugu,Mr. NdubuisiNgige, who said he had been in the business for decades lamented low patronage in this year’s May Day celebration due to the economic recession. Mr. Ngigeappealed to the government to yield to the yearning s of the people and come up with lasting solution to the hardship in the lad.
Some Printers in Enugu metropolis were not left out in the brisk business associated with May Day as they were kept busy printing names of the Agencies, Unions and Ministries on the polo and face caps. One of them, Mr. Kalu Ndukwe, expressed unhappiness that he recorded very low patronage when compared to the previous years. A buyer interviewed, Mrs. AmakaAgbo, said her Union was unable to purchase large quantity this year due to the hike in prices of the polo and cap.
Mrs. Agbo emphasized on the need for government to look into the plight of the Nigerian worker and urgently approve an increase in minimum wage to alleviate the suffering of the people.