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Persistent power crisis forces cybercafés to shut down

Persistent power crisis forces cybercafés to shut down

Persistent fuel scarcity in the country and increasing usage of smart phones by people are knocking cybercafé operators out of business, a check by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has shown.

The check, conducted in Lagos on Friday showed that many cybercafé operators are facing rough times trying to source fuel to power their operations.

Similarly, the usage of smartphones by many people has affected the business of many of the cybercafés, making them record low patronage daily.


Some of the cybercafé operators, who spoke in separate interviews with NAN, appealed to the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the power problem for them to stay in business.

Mr. Oluwole Otaiku, Manager at Cyber Edge, an internet shop in Ikorodu, near Lagos, said the use of smartphones by many people had compounded his woes.

“As a cybercafé operator, who depends on daily earnings, I am one of the worse affected by the fuel crisis.

“The usage of smartphone is also another factor killing our business. People now use their phones to do most of their research. This situation has hindered the operations of cybercafés,” Otaiku said.

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