Saturday, 7 February 2015

Makurdi Witnesses High Patronage for Printing, Vehicle Cresting, T-Shirts

Printers of posters, vehicle cresting and T-shirt designers say they are witnessing trade boom in Makurdi, Benue State capital.

A survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi showed that most producers of the items stayed awake up to late hours to meet customers' demands, especially politicians.

Mr Daniel Owugu, an artist at the JS Tarka Way, said he recently got a big contract to crest some vehicles for some political parties running into several thousands of naira.

"My boys and I hardly sleep these days; we work for at least 20 hours daily."

According to him, he has partially relocated to his business premises to cope with the workload.

He said the cost of cresting a car costs at least N30,000.

"I need more space to do the job and I have to hide the contract from my colleagues, so that too many people won't participate and cause shortage of money to be paid to me," he said. Owugu also said he produces campaign T-shirts, banners, billboards and posters ranging from N5,000 to N100,000, depending on the size, quantity and colours used.

He claimed that most of the times, billboards and posters of prominent politicians were deliberately pulled down by 'area boys' to get money from their masters for the printing of new ones.

Miss Wandoo Ikyaatoor, a designer and decorator at Inikpi Street High Level, Makurdi, said decorating a political arena for a day "could sum up the fee you get for five wedding contracts".

"In Makurdi I got contracts for political rallies worth N300,000 and I was paid cash," she said. She said she wished the campaigns and rallies would never end.

Mr Gabriel Zacks, who sells mufflers and hand banners with different logos of political parties, said he also records dozens of daily sales.

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