Obiano harkens to traders’ plea, suspends Eke Awka Market Closure

Anambra State Government has announced the suspension of its earlier directive to close Eke Awka market for violating the state COVID-19 law.

A statement on yesterday by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu said Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has considered the various pleas by Eke Awka market traders and other stakeholders and decided to reopen the market by Monday, 29th June, 2020.

It will be recalled that the market was shut down by the State Government on the 15th of June because traders and customers at the market failed to comply with COVID-19 directives.

According to Chukwulobelu, the reopening of the market was following assurances by the traders that going forward, they will strictly abide by, and enforce the state government’s COVID-19 law and other directives on stopping the spread of the virus in the state.

“Also, the traders have signed an undertaking with the state government in that regard and on compassionate grounds, the governor has directed that the directive to close Eke Awka market which came into effect on Monday, 15th June, 2020 be suspended,” he said.

Professor Chukwulobelu said also to reopen on Monday are surrounding markets such as Oderah market, Uwakwe Ukaegbu market, Author Eze Avenue market and Ziks Avenue. 

He urged all market leaders in the state to enforce the terms of the undertaking signed with the state government on Friday, 26th June, 2020 concerning observing and enforcing Covid-19 safety protocols in their various markets.

“We are entering a new phase of engagement with market leaders in the state whose support is critical to stopping the spread of coronavirus in Anambra state. The market leaders now know that sanctions more stringent than the almost 2-weeks closure of Eke Awka market will apply if they fail to enforce safety protocols in their various markets including wearing of protective face masks, maintaining of social distancing in the markets, provision of buckets and water for washing of hands etc”, Professor Chukwulobelu concluded.

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