Many residents of Jos now use their cell phone clocks to check the time of the day instead of gazing at their wrist watches, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Investigation by our Correspondent revealed that a lot of the residents no longer wear wrist watches as they always have their cell phones, usually in their pockets or bags, ready for them to check the time of the day.
Mr Felix Ifeoluwa, an Engineer, explained that cell phone clocks were gradually replacing wrist watches for checking time as not many people were wearing them these days.
“Most people check the time using their cell phones and even consider wrist watch wearing as time-wasting, ” Ifeoluwa said.
Similarly, Mr Amos Chukwudun, a businessman, said although wearing wrist watches made his dressing stylish and admirable, using a phone to check the time was a lot easier.
“The truth is that it is a lot easier to check the time from a mobile phone than gazing at a wrist watch, but I still wear one to complement my dressing,” Chukwudun said.
Another resident, Emmanuel Adah, a civil servant, said he had since stopped wearing wrist watches as he had found it more convenient to check time on his cell phone.
“I now use my cell phone’s clock to check the time of the day because it is easier; and I am done with the use of belt or chain to tie a watch on my wrist.That in itself, is a relief.
Mary Sunday, a housewife, also said that she longer used wrist watch or even wall clock, to check time as she had been checking time on her cell pone’s clock, saying the cell phone clock was more user friendly.
“ I have since put my two wrist watches in my room locker, only to be checking the battery from time to time, since I don’t need them again for time checking,” Sunday said.
However, Mrs Rosemary Itah, a businesswoman, said wrist watches were worn to complement people’s dressing “and also to make a statement in the public”.
And for Mrs Juli Esiri, a marketing manager, wrist watches were accessories that could be worn to complement an African attire.
“I very much like the gold chain brand of wrist watches and I wear them with bangles to give me presence and confidence, ” said Esiri.
NAN gathered that because of the development, sales of wrist watches have significantly dropped in the tin city.
Mr Mohammed Musa, a wrist watch seller, said people no longer patronised him like before, although some still bought his wares “because wrist watches are an integral part of dressing”.
“They are like perfume; we use perfume to smell good and make our dressing look complete; so also wrist watches, they have a way of complementing our dressing,” Musa said.
He, however, said that he sold more of children wrist watches than adult ones, especially during the Yuletide.(NAN)
Mr James Obyeya, a watch repairer, said the trend was threatening to send him out of business, as he now relied on the repairs of wall clocks and calculators to remain afloat.