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Lockdown: Anambra Markets To Reopen Monday Next Week, Mandated To Constitute COVID -19 Teams

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Anambra state government has approved the reopening of markets in the State from Monday next week.

Governor Willie Obiano who announced this at Aguleri, said that markets will open only after they must have participated in the training programme organized by the state government.

Government House Correspondent, Ejike Abana reports that the Governor stated this shortly after a closed door meeting with the market leaders.
Governor Obiano said that each market must have a COVID-19 team who will have the responsibility of enforcing the COVID-19 preventive measures which includes compulsory wearing of masks, provision of running water, hand sanitizers, physical distancing, among others.

The Governor who also asked industrialists in the State to re- open their operations, bearing the COVID-19 directives in mind, stressed that the major condition for re-opeining of the markets is to have the COVID-19 teams ready and made it clear that markets which are not ready, will not be allowed to reopen.

He said that among other things they resolved was that the markets will be closing early, to avoid the usual rush associated with closing late, adding that Anambra boundaries would remain shut.
Governor Obiano disclosed that NCDC has agreed to upgrade, the laboratory of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, to a COVID -19 testing center, while his administration is weighing the options of gradual re-opening of all segments of the State, but stated that Anambra schools would remain shut, as well as the civil service structure.

Speaking to the ABS, the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Mr. Uche Okafor said that government had already outlined strategies to ensure compliance, calling on ndi Anambra to cooperate on their own as a way of helping themselves and the government.

Also speaking , the Chairman, Anambra Amalgamated Traders’
Association, AMATA, Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu thanked the Governor for listening to the yearnings of traders, pledging to continue to work with government to achieve its policies and action plans, especially concerning markets in the state.

Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, among other top government officials were present at the meeting.


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