THE Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has reopened the Ogbete Main Market, shut since April 1, after reaching an agreement with the leadership of the traders’ association to comply with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on containment of the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The chairman of Enugu North Council, Emeke Onunze, announced the reopening after a meeting with the Governor.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Ogbete Market, John Eze, thanked the governor for his commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the traders.
He disclosed that it was agreed that any trader and customer inside the market, “must wear a face mask before you come to the market.
“And if you come to a shop, you must wash your hands. If you are a trader, you must have sanitiser, a bucket of water and soap for washing of hands, while applying all other precautionary measures by the government.”
The caretaker chairman, who pledged that the traders will strictly abide by the guidelines and other measures, further disclosed that
Ugwuanyi did not only reopen the market, “he promised us that he will want the raffle draw (Enugu State Traders Empowerment Scheme) to start this month and that he is going to start a concrete pavement at the Akwatta Market.”
“The governor also promised us a lot of things and based on that he now directed that the market should be reopened in line with the NCDC guidelines and other precautionary measures.
“We are going to make sure that we keep to that and we are not going to disappoint him again”.
An indication that the market would be reopened soon was given last weekend when the State Fire Service embarked on a two day fumigation and decontamination of Market, on the directives of the the Governor.
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.