Owners of event centres and bars in Lagos have lamented the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
In separate chats with Newsbreak, they said it has become difficult to feed their families as their businesses have been shut since March, when the Federal Government announced a lockdown across the country.
Michael, manager of Q4 Bar and Club, located on Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, told our correspondent that it has been difficult to feed his family. He lamented that the Lagos State Government did not consider them in the distribution of palliatives.
“I don’t want to speak to anyone except someone bringing business or money to me right now. The state government shared palliatives during the lockdown, did they remember businesses like bars that they shut down?
“Since March, it has been very difficult to survive. Not just the business, but me and my family. No money, no business. If you have money to give me, that is the only thing I’m interested in right now,” he said in a phone chat.
A neighbouring bar to Q4, Sidewalk Lounge, was deserted when our correspondent visited it. It was observed that its chairs and tables were stacked in a corner and barricaded with a tape. The security personnel at the entrance said the bar had not opened since March.
Manager of Da Crib, a bar on Bode Thomas in Surulere, told our correspondent that the lockdown has crippled business. He lamented that his staff have been idle since March.
“As you can see, we are not open, our club has not been functional since the lockdown and it is having a negative impact on the business,” he said.
Then pointing to a lady who came in during the informal exchange, the manager said: “You can see my worker. She has not been working and it has affected us all.”
Another club, Lounge 38, opposite Da Crib, also looked deserted. The security personnel told Newsbreak that the members of the club management have not been coming to the facility since the lockdown.
It was the same scenario at The Place, Lavenda Nightclub, Lighthouse 27 and Eagle Club.
At Kings Plaza, a shopping and event centre, which is located on Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, it was a slightly different scenario as the manager was busy attending to an “emergency”. It was later learnt that the emergency was about a phone store in the complex, which was reportedly burgled the previous day.