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(Special Emphasis on Aba and Onitsha markets) by Chigbo OKOYE

If you desire to smartly save cost of expenses in Nigeria and also smartly position your self to make profit, then read this to the end.

This post might be longer, but it’s really worth your time. Enjoy————————————–

In a difficult economy as Nigeria, it is very important to save cost of purchases to maximise satisfaction. Two ways you can achieve this include:

✓Collaborative quantity purchse (bulk purchase))
✓buying from depot market

is also called economics of large scale. When you buy products in large quantities, expenses like labour, transportation, maintainable becomes reduced. This is because, what you spend on few items , can most times cater for large items. Nigerian female teachers practice this a lot. They contribute money together to purchse commodities in wholesale cheaper. They contribute to buy home stuffs like stockfish, crayfish, onions, detergents etc. This they divide and share among themselves. They buy these directly from either the producer, or the depot market. By so doing, they get the products at almost half the retail prices.

So as Christmas and New year is already around the corner, you can start thinking of your closest house neighbour, colleagues in your workplace, church members, friends, relatives, or coperatives that you can partner with to purchase your festivity products in larger quantity directly from the depot market. You will be amazed at the level of expenses you will save.

You can order that Cattle as a team from Bauchi state. When it arrives, you engage slaughterers to kill the cow and you share the meat altogether. You can order half trailer load of rice and share in your church. You can engage your church sisters and get bags of crayfish direct from the seaside of Akwaibom at crazy prices and share . You can visit Shopping center in Aba, Abia state and buy high quality textile materials (senators, shirts, native etc) , and engage professional tailors right there to sow them at crazy cheap prices for all your family members. I bet you, Aba can sow suits and senators better than those Chinese guys. Verify my claim. Even that your proposed wedding expenses can be minimised by tailoring In Aba too. Lots of guys go to Aba to tailor clothes that they supply to big boutiques in Abuja. I have a tailor that makes good labcoat for me in Aba. I have equally made high quality shoes in Aba which I sold for good money. Bulk collaborative purchase is the new way of beating down cost now. You can consider paying lumbers in Edo state to cut tree for you and slice them into planks and timbers for that your building project. Give it a trial.

Sometimes, getting to the primary source of production of these commodities may not be easy. Factors like far distance, safety and security challenges can discourage you. The solution to this is locating a closer depot market that serves major cities around.

If you are within the western part of Nigeria, you can consider Lagos markets as a depot market. Within middle belt, you can consider Benue state as depot market for food crops. Within Eastern and Southern region of Nigeria, you can consider Aba and Onitsha as your best suited Depot market.

FOR ABA, visit places like Okra market for your food and farm implements and seedlings.

Visit Bakassi Aba for your shoes and bags making and sales. Aba produces high quality shoes, belts, ladies handbags etc at Bakassi line. They give you the quality you need. These are made from scratch.

Visit Ariaria market Aba for general merchandise of mixed kinds of goods

Visit Shopping center Aba for all kinds of clothing and textiles and tailoring. If you dont get that material at Aba, I doubt if you will see it anywhere else. Quality tailors are at standby to tailor to your taste.

FOR ONITSHA, Emeka offor plaza and environ is the home of all phones and gadgets you can dream of.

New Shoe site at Nkwelle Ezunaka Onitsha will give you the best of foot wear , belt wear, bar wear ,and bags. They make from scratch ,using imported products.

Relief market is the home for scrap sales( iron, copper, brass, aluminium etc). They will rush you to buy it when you arrive. Relief also sells used empty bottles, scrap batteries, food utensils ,food stuffs ,light timber and zinc, babies wares, spiritual materials at Odu Yoruba relief , dyes and colourants, native medicines, poultry etc.

Ochanja market is similar to relief ,except that it majors more large scale sales of dried foods from African countries like Cameroon pepper, masquerade wears, dried meat and leather, cultural wears and local music instruments, poultry sales, foot wears , and scraps (metal, battery, bottle, plastics).

Mgbuka Obosi and Mgbuka Okpoko market is the home for heavy engine spare parts, vehicle sales, etc. You have to be physically fit to trade in Mgbuka market. Check your auto spare parts and engine parts there. They lose , worn out vehicles into pieces and sale the parts.

Electrical market at Owerri road sales all electric accessories like cables ,fancy light, wore, transformer, florescent etc. When next you visit, ask of J.E Obidiaso. He is a pioneer in the market.

Electro mart market close to Niger Bridge sells movies, electronics , television, radio, keyboard etc. All electronics.

Iweka market deals on electronics and mini spare parts.

Vein Road market is the home of electric motor winding and recoiling ,as well as refrigerant sales and utensil sales

Building materials deals on all kinds of building equipments on earth. Cement, Heavy rods, Toilets, ophostry, aluminium, zinc, tiles etc.

Nkpor spare parts deals on all kinds of spare parts for vehicles and factories

New tire Nkpor deals on vehicle road tyres, both used and new ones. Shine your eyes there, to avoid buying scrap.

Bridge Head market deals on all kinds of carpenter tools, houses the biggest drug market in Nigeria (pharmacists and doctors need to get 50% slash when they buy drugs here), building materials, welders iron rods and bars etc, cow, sheep poultry , feeds, timbers and saw mills etc.

Coke market is the home for vegetables, fruits, plantain, pepper, corn , potatoes, fufu, garri. Just general foods, fruits and vegetables.

New fruit market at Army Barracks Onitsha is an offshoot of Coke market, dealing in foods, bags of cereals, legumes , fruits and vegetables.

Ose Okwodu market/Ajasa majors in Poultry, spiritual materials at Odu Yoruba, Perfume and chemical sales, general foods, fruits, vegetables. At river Niger bank of Ose market , you find sharp sand gravels being dredged from Nigeria river, at good price.

Stock fish amalgamated market Owerri road deals on stock fish, and dried fish. That’s the biggest stock fish market in the entire east.

New textile market at Bridge Head of River Niger is thriving in textile sales, abada sales, George for women , and all kinds of native wears. Just general textile sales.

Ezeiweka Awada deals on Nylon, polythene, plastic, branding and all kinds of recycling of polythene activities. There is heavy industrial nylon/plastic production/recycling/processing activities here. Although, power supply is gradually killing this business here.

Shanties of recycle markets of scavenging /sorting/recycling activities of rubber, plastics, and nylon are littered across Owerri road, Okpoko interiors and Atani road.

Ogbo Efere market before bridge head of River Niger deals on all kinds of plastics, plates, chairs, tanks, butters, gallons etc. Infact, anything plastic.

You can buy cheap ofada rice at vita rice mills Atani road. It will be threshed and the husk and stones removed (this is secret).

For metal works of blacksmith , and bronzesmith, and goldsmith, try Feggae, Onitsha Bridge bridge head market, and Awka (experts and specialists).

For cane wood and cane craft making and cane basket making, try Under Upper iweka flyover, before Ezeiweka Junction Onitsha.

I have never lived long in Lagos , so can’t categorically describe Lagos. Make more enquiry about the market scale of Lagos state, especially for those in the western part of the country.

In summary, team purchases in large quantity directly from the production site, or depot market can save you a lot. Onitsha is a well structured and organised market city. You can get virtualy everything you need at a very good competitive prices. Same with Aba. I hope you have been a able to learn one or two in this article. It’s time to apply it.

Before I forget, my friend sales Iron Rod at Bridge Head market Onitsha. Please patronise him. Chat me up if you need iron metals.

Am in Onitsha now, and can assist you with bulk purchase or contract supply for some percentage commission.

My name is Emmanuel Okoye.
Am a business enthusiast.
Ka-emesia nu.

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Domestic violence is a violence or other abuse in a marriage.
Domestic violence could involve any body but I’m looking at it in a family setting between a man and his wife.

Domestic violence includes

  • Physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religion reproductive and sexual abuse.

Many people are going through a lot in marriages today, some Christan homes inclusive. This has caused a lot of harms in homes, churches and the society at large. So many women have lost their lives in the process,men inclusive but women are mostly at the receiving end. And they endure mostly even to the point of loosing their lives. This they do because of:

  1. The love they have for their spouse
  2. Because of their children
  3. What the society will say about them
  4. Because of their faith and religion.

Please when beating and sexual molestation becomes the case in your home, there’s need for separation.

Now in as much as the Bible frowns at divorce, I don’t think it’ll be reasonable for one to remain in an abusive marriage where his/her life is a stake. The same children you think about will still be maltreated, neglected and will be forced to face horrible situations the moment you are gone. The same society you are thinking of what they will say will still blame you for not speaking out on time. Your making heaven is even very slim because I don’t think your heart is clean in that condition. Your bad thoughts, unforgiveness and bitterness is enough to send you to hell. And instead of you to commit murder, I think you should separate if that’s the only option left.

Many women are going through alot. When a domestic violence involves life threatening abuses, there’s need for you to seek for help.

Many women have died in this process. Pls being born again doesn’t mean your brain should be suspended. Yes divorce is a sin but you shouldn’t die either because you are married. You are being asked to keep praying often times, yes but you could do that also while away. Many women are dying silently. Women please speak out in such conditions, don’t keep quiet. Make sure the problem is not from you. Make sure you are not the cause of it.

I have seen a woman beating blue black by her husband. Not once not twice. Infact the man always use cane,belt etc on her. And she’s asked to keep praying. What if she die one day? What if she couldn’t take it any longer and tries to defend herself and kill her partner in the process, what will be her lot?

Women should take the necessary steps the moment they see that things are getting out of hand.

Try to see how you could save the situation by involving your spiritual leaders, your both families,the people your partner respects so much and if there’s no changes please take a break while you pray and take the necessary steps to save your marriage.

Pls note that your being away is for the mean time. Even while away you are to remain and keep your body. It’s not a time to go about messing up. If you do that you are commenting sin. You are to maintain sexual purity. Even when your partner is doing otherwise. The only time remarriage is possible is when one partner is dead. See Romans 7:2,1cor.7:39.

Neighbors should as well look out for their fellow women/men. Please speak out for them. Some of them are in a tight corner and can’t help themselves.

Stay tuned for the next post on this same topic!

Say no to domestic violence.

What’s your take on this? Share your opinion.
Will you allow your daughter, sister, brother,son go through domestic violence?
What will you have them do;the abused?

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By Oladimeji Ramon

A group, the Federal Social Democrats, says the credibility and integrity of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have been diminished by the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

According to the group, the Lekki incident has eroded the admiration that Sanwo-Olu won with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, in statement on Sunday signed on its behalf by Olutola Mobolurin, also condemned the harassment of #EndSARS protest leaders through the freezing of their bank accounts and stopping them from travelling outside the country.

The FSD’s statement was titled, ‘Statement by the Federal Social Democrats On the #EndSARS Movement and Violence in the Wake of Lekki Shootings.’

The group said, “Governor Sanwo-Olu, who before now has been credited with responsible and energetic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has by this one act lost his credibility and integrity for many. He has a big task in regaining the confidence of the public and youths; his credibility gap surrounding what happened at the Lekki Toll Plaza is not helped by the insensitive bluster of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the governor’s residence stating that those who were injured and presumably those who died had questions to answer.”

Though the group condemned the destruction of public assets and looting that trailed the shootings at the Lekki tollgate, it said the mayhem pointed to the alienation of a large number of youths from society by government.

It said, “The so-called hoodlums are the youths that have been denied any stake in society by the self-dealing and state capture that have characterised governance over the last 30 years. Millions of our youths have been uneducated, unemployable and with no meaningful social safety net. Even for the millions who are educated and skilled, long-term unemployment has been their experience in the Nigerian prebendal political economy that serves primarily the interests of public office holders and their cronies.

“Some of the ‘hoodlums’ responsible for the trashing of Lagos are the youths and ‘the toughies’ that many politicians have over the years employed to subvert the democratic process through intimidation of voters and perpetration of violence during elections.”

The group said the organisers of the #EndSARS protests deserved commendation for the resourcefulness, transparency and accountability which they demonstrated.

The group condemned “the growing reports of compilation of names of the assumed leaders and facilitators of the protests for government reprisals.”

It said, “Those that are being targeted are reportedly being prevented from travelling outside Nigeria while accounts of some have been frozen. This is hardly the hallmark of a democratic government that is interested in dialoguing with the youths or learning positive lessons from the #EndSARS protests. It is also a violation of the spirit of government’s acceptance of the 5 for 5 agenda. The President should stop all these acts of witch-hunt.”

The FSD solicited support for the Lagos State Government to rebuild and replace the vandalised public assets.

  • PunchNg

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• Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been expected to be confirmed as leader on Monday

By Richard Partington

The race to find a new leader of the World Trade Organization has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the cancellation of a key appointment meeting following the US presidential election.

The Geneva-based WTO, which acts as an international arbiter for trading disputes, said it had put off a meeting scheduled for Monday that had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next director general.

Donald Trump’s administration opposed her selection in one of its final acts before the US election, despite the former Nigerian finance minister securing the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members.

The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment. Officials had been set to put forward Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate most likely to attract a majority, after most countries expressed a preference for her over South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala had moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director of the global trade watchdog after securing backing from the EU, China, Japan and Australia. Liam Fox, the leading Brexiter and former international trade secretary, had run as the UK government’s preferred candidate but failed to win enough support from other countries to reach the last two in the process.

Trade experts said Joe Biden defeating Trump in last week’s election may have led to countries calling for a delay in the WTO leadership race, with the aim of securing the Biden White House’s backing for Okonjo-Iweala after he takes charge in January.

The delay in selecting a new WTO director general comes at a fragile moment for the world economy amid the second wave of Covid-19, and after years of criticism of the WTO and calls for reform from Trump.

The WTO said the meeting would be postponed until further notice, during which time the organisation would continue undertaking consultations with delegations from countries around the world to pick a new leader.

It said in a statement: “For reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

  • TheGuardian

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