THE Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has listed conditions that traders in the 63 major markets in the state must fulfill and adhere to before he will open any of the markets in May.
At the end of a meeting, Tuesday, with the market leaders in his country home in Aguleri, Obiano noted that the traders must wear face masks, maintain social distancing, place buckets of water, soap and sanitizers for washing of hands at strategic points in all the markets.
The governor said that if and when a market is reopened, the market would constitute a special Covid-19 committee, whose members will be trained by the government, for effective sensitisation, monitoring and enforcement of government’s measures on preventing the spread of coronavirus.
According to the governor, he was giving the market leaders ample time to decide if they would be able to meet the conditions and put in place a realistic and effective plan to convince him that the traders can comply with his conditions.
Obiano said, “we have made re-opening of the markets conditional so that the market leaders can plan effectively and see to the installation of facilities to maintain established protocols and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the markets.
“Given the proposed conditions of re-opening, any of the 63 markets, which meets government’s conditions will be opened for business on Monday, May 4, 2020.”
In the meantime, the governor maintained that all “state borders will remain closed and businesses will be transacted only within the state.”
The governor had in a broadcast, Saturday, announced the relaxation of the lockdown in the state by asking Christians and Moslems to open their churches and mosques respectively, as he removed the restrictions on movements, and reopened the foodstuffs and medicine markets.
Traders had welcomed the announcement and commended the governor for his decision as they waited for the opening of all the other markets