In the spirit of Good Friday, fish dealersÂ in Enugu, say they have recorded boom in sales, expressing happiness over the unprecedented Â patronage.
Speaking to newsmen in separate interviewsÂ on Friday, some of the dealersÂ attributed the boom to the Chiristiansâ€™ Â abstinence from eating meat on a Good FridayÂ when Jesus Christâ€™s crucifixion took place on the Cross of Calvary.
Mrs Mary Ijezie, a fish dealer at Garki Market said she had transacted so much business since she opened her shop to customers, although she did not discloseÂ the volume ofÂ sales.
According to Ijezie, customersÂ were buyingÂ fish, either dried or fresh at exorbitant pricesÂ in order to observe the significanceÂ of Good Friday, adding that theÂ catholic faithfulÂ were prominent among herÂ customers.
She explained that a kilogramme of fish was going to her customers for N1,000 while the largest size of catfish was selling between N3,000 and N5,000.
Mrs Lauretta Abor, a dealer inÂ frozenÂ fish at Ogbete Main Market, alsoÂ saidÂ she recorded good sales since she resumed business, attributing the boom toÂ the large number of Christians who were observing Good Friday.
Abor said that a carton of fish was selling forÂ between N16, 000 and N18, 000, adding that a unit of frozen fishÂ sold for between N300 and N600.
â€œWe are always prepared for this day because it must surely come for us to make good sales and be happy at the end of the day,â€� she said.
At Artisan Market,Â a customer, Miss Chioma Agu,told newsmenÂ that fish is a highly priced commodityÂ on a Good Friday because many Christians especially the Catholic Faithful would want to mark the day in lineÂ with their doctrine.
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