In every society, there are three categories of people; the first group of people are those who don’t have an idea of what goes on within the society, followed by those who possess a little knowledge of what goes on within the society and finally those who do make things happen within the society. These group of people who make things happen pay a lot of sacrifices in ensuring that the right things are done on daily basis. For example, the Market women in Nigeria are a group of people that make things happen, you’ll definitely agree with me! These group of women ensure that essential commodities get to the final consumers. Any society or community is incomplete without their presence. Their services are indispensable to humanity because they help in conquering hunger on daily basis, as we all know that ‘’A hungry man/woman is an angry man/woman’’, meaning they also help to nullify the ‘strength’ of anger in any home or society.
In Nigeria today, most market women are primarily traders who sell agricultural produce. According to statistics provided by the Civil Resource Development and Documentation Center in Nigeria, these women represent 70–80 percent of agricultural labour. They arise as early as possible when many people are still in the comfort of their beds to get the products from different pick-up points to the markets. Though some of them complain of the increase in price of transportation whenever there is crises within the Country, but they still ensure that the products get to the market. In the midst of the current Covid19 pandemic, many Nigerians still get agricultural produce from the markets. Kudos to these group of women who keep the society moving on daily basis!
During the raining season, some of these women who don’t have market stall(s) get drenched by the heavy downpour. They usually make use of big umbrellas to serve as covering which isn’t enough to cover them from been soaked, though some of them have been helped through standard market stalls being built by some local or state governments within the Country, but more stalls need to be built to accommodate more of these women. They also cope with different degrees of intensity of direct heat from the sun.
These women can be taught through social development programs on how to utilize a smart phone in marketing or reaching out to their new and old customers, to disseminate simple information about the availability of fresh products at competitive prices. This will also help them to sell most of their products without having repeated leftovers. The government can also provide a basic health insurance scheme to cater for these women.