Commercial activities in limbo as judicial vacation continues
by SEYI ANJORIN, Abuja
July 27, 2017 | 5:28 pm| | | Start Conversation
As the annual long vacation of the judiciary enters its third week, various forms of commercial activities in and around the court premises have been left scampering for patronage, as the number of litigants who ply the legal trade have considerably reduced in numbers.
While the courts are on vacation nationwide, in the instance of the Abuja division of the federal high court, where Justice Nnamdi Dimgba is the presiding vacation judge, the number of cases being listed for the day’s business have noticeably reduced to less than ten in a day, which also explains the reduction in flow of litigants.
Aside the number of cases being reduced due to the vacation, a visit to some of the Federal Capital Territory High Courts, especially the ones located in Jabi and Maitama shows a distinct reduction in vehicular and human traffic, as opposed to a normal day when the courts are in session.
Notably affected by the long vacation are traders who ply their trade in bukaterias and especially taxi drivers.
A staff of the Abuja Federal High Court who deals in assorted snacks in a chat with our correspondent confirmed that the vacation had really affected them, business wise as she had to cut down on the quantity snacks she produces daily so as to avoid making loss due to low patronage.
The lady who prefers not to be named as they are not expected to be involved in such business activities on the court premises informed our correspondent that even the popular Tiger nut drink (Kunu Aya), which used to have a high demand, she decided to stop the production and sale because often times, she hardly get them sold and they can’t be kept for long without being refrigerated.
Similarly, in a chat with a cab driver who simply identified himself as Jimoh, he affirmed that business has not been as usual with the vacation of the courts.
Jimoh who is part of cab drivers who man the Federal High Court gates for passengers said he did not even know about the vacation, until he noticed the drastic reduction in human traffic and not until one of his favourite customers informed him about it.
The most affected with commercial activity around the court premises are the food vendors who expressed their interest in seeing the courts resume back into full duty, so as to drive their own market.
A visit by our reporter to the food vendor area behind the federal high court and FCT High Court maitama, shows most the vendors wearing gloomy looks, practically screaming out to passer by to patronise their stand, a scene which was very uncommon with the food vendors.
While Nigerians await the resumption of the courts by September 25, 2017, it is expected that commercial activities would definitely return back to a boom for the traders.
SEYI ANJORIN, Abuja
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