Bar owners in Lagos have expressed excitement as the Ramadan season ends on Thursday. Their reason being the drastic reduction in demand for alcoholic drinks.
Some of them who spoke to Newsbreak.ng said they had endured low patronage all through the season. They lamented that business had been bad as most of their customers had stopped visiting bars in reverence of the season.
Vivian Dunkwu, who operates a beer parlour on Dosunmu Street, Mafoluku in the Oshodi area of the state, said she had recorded a reduction in daily profit. According to her, she made a minimum of N30,000 daily before the fasting began but now struggles to make N20,000.
She expressed joy that the Muslims were rounding off the season and was optimistic her business would fetch more profit.
When Newsbreak.ng visited a popular bar around Ogunlana drive in Surulere, it was a ghost of its usual self. A salesgirl, who pleaded not to be named, said the Ramadan had badly affected their returns. She said it had become difficult for her to meet her daily target. She was however optimistic that things would improve after the fast.
Also, Rasheedat Adegbite, who works in a popular restaurant in Surulere, said the fast had also affected them. She said it had become easy to count the number of customers who patronise the restaurant since Ramadan began. She said the business will return to its normal state when Ramadan ends.
“Since the beginning of the Ramadan, patronage really nosedived. In fact, we could count the number of people that patronizes us daily.
‘’We usually have celebrities who comes here to eat, but throughout the Ramadan period, they stopped coming, but I believe they will come back once it’s over,” she said.
For Madam Ego, who runs a bar on Anjorin Street in the Lawanson area of Lagos, the end of the fast would see her customers return to her. She told this medium that it had been difficult making ends meet since the fast started.
“The important thing for me is that the Ramadan period is almost over. Some of my customers that stopped patronizing me will find their way back to the bar.
‘’In fact, I’m going to host some of my ardent ones just to welcome them back as loyal customers,” she said.
Angela Okorie, who runs a drinking spot in Maryland, said the period was bad for bar, hotel and restaurant owners. She however expressed delight that businesses will enjoy a boom after Ramadan ends.
Bernard, a bar owner in the Abule Egba area of the state, also said he was sure business would be back to normal after the Ramadan. He said the period had always affected the business and was nothing new to those who had been long in the business.
However, Busola Akande, said the reduction in patronage is also due to the closing of European leagues. She told Newsbreak.ng that since the UEFA Champions League ended, patronage had dropped.
“I’m not the only one happy, other business owners like this will be happy too because the Ramadan will end soon.
“One other thing that attracts customers is top quality football competition. Anytime there is a major match, we record almost twice the number of customers here.
‘’But since the Champions League was concluded on May 26, patronage has also plummeted. The fasting exercise is what has done the most damage to our business,” she said.
The Muslims will celebrate Eid el Fitri on Friday, marking the end of Ramadan. The federal government has declared Friday 15 and Monday 18 June public holidays to celebrate the festival.