Commercial activities in Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State on Friday witnessed increased vehicular movement and shopping activities as shoppers throng markets and other parts of the city to make purchases of what their families would need for the Christmas celebration.
Commercial transporters and loading bays were equally not left out as visitors and residents travelling for the Christmas celebration scramble for space in various motor parks and loading bays.
Some passengers and drivers were trapped in parts of the city as motorists struggled for space on a few motorable roads.
Cemetery/Eziukwu, Shopping Center, Ahia Ohuru and among other reports that parents and guardians lamented the high cost of perishable and non-perishable commodities which they said forced them to shoot above their budgets.
A tour of the free zone in Ariaria International Market has it that a bag of rice sold for N23,000 now sells for N26,000.
A bag of pepper which was bought for N4,000 now sell between N11,000-N15,000.