Hotel operators expressed concern that they did not know whether T.B Joshua’s wife, Evelyn Joshua, could perform miracles like the late founder and attract people to the church. According to them, it is the salvation variant of the gospel that draws people from all over the world to this place and makes their businesses prosper. The hotelier spoke to the Nigerian news agency NAN in Lagos on Sunday.
Mr Alhponus Odioma, the owner of a 240-room facility in the area, said, “I began business in the area since 2007 with a little residential apartment that I acquired but with the upsurge of lodging demands, I had to get a bigger place.
“Like my other colleagues, I hired more personnel alongside constant innovation of services and facilities to retain and attract more patronage especially from foreigners that were coming to worship at SCOAN.
We are now running at a deficit as we are experiencing lull in business. Before now, the revenue we usually realised in a week was enough to cater for a month’s overhead.
“Right now, we are experiencing lull in our businesses without one knowing when it will end.
“Though the spouse of the founder had been commissioned to take over as the leader of the church, but it is not yet known if she would able to perform in the deliverance ministry like the founder.
“It was the deliverance variant of the gospel that was attracting people from all over the world to the place; that sustained our businesses all those years.“