THE Enugu State Fire Service has commenced the fumigation and decontamination of Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, in what is seen as the clearest indication that the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi will soon reopen the market.
The fumigation, which started on Saturday, is the second time the fire service would decontaminate Ogbete Main Market. The first time was on April 1, 2020, shortly after it was shut down by the state government ahead of the statewide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.
During the previous decontamination exercise, monitored by Ugwuanyi, the State Chief Fire Officer, Okwudiri Ohaa, told newsmen that “the state government will fumigate major markets in the state before they are reopened and periodically when the market reopens.”
Ohaa told newsmen that the decontamination of Ogbete Main Market will last for two days and that the state government has been consistent with the exercise to ensure that “the fight against COVID-19 is won in Enugu.”
He advised residents of the state to obey the measures for the containment of the spread of COVID-19, including the guidelines on personal hygiene protocol by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The Chief Security Officer of Ogbete market, Justus Kasie Ezebinagu, on behalf of the traders, commended Ugwuanyi for the initiative to decontaminate the market for the second time and promised that the traders will comply with all precautionary protocols on COVID-19.
He said that “although Ogbete is partially open for now, we believe that our governor is going to do more in our collective interest.”