As Nigerians continue to struggle with the country’s high cost of living, mechanics and craftsmen in Jos, Plateau State’s capital, are lamenting the crises’ effect on their businesses.
The continual collapse of the naira versus the dollar has a substantial impact on Nigerians’ buying power, placing customers in a tough position as prices for products and services continue to rise on a daily basis.
According to the mechanics, the steady increase in the costs of materials, fuel, and petroleum motor spirit has had a detrimental influence on their services, and they are losing clients as a result, jeopardising their livelihood.
Chikere Victor, an auto mechanic, said, “The increase in the cost of materials for the work is causing us to lose capital, and in many cases, customers do not agree with our charges because they believe we are charging them more.” Once we give them the price, they leave.”
Auwal Audu, another auto technician, said, “Fixing automobiles is our primary source of income. We offer services, however the recent high cost of living has had a big effect on our company since we are losing consumers. The few motorists who do come to us often ask us to labour for them on credit. As a consequence, we can no longer afford to feed our family.
Abdullahi Ibrahim, an artisan, said, “The high cost of living is threatening our jobs.” If this trend continues, we are going to be forced out of business since people are now battling to afford essentials such as food rather than purchasing doors and windows for new homes. In certain circumstances, when we agree to work for a specific amount, by the time we buy supplies for the project, the costs have already risen, resulting in losses for us. “This is a very difficult situation.”