By; PAMELA EBOH Awka
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has ordered the re-opening of Agbero New Spare Parts Market, Nnewi over constant and flagrant violations of COVID-19 protocols.
A statement by the state commissioner for Information and Public Utility said that neither the traders nor customers wore face masks adding that they also did not observe social or physical distancing.
He also said the traders failed to provide buckets of water, soaps or sanitizer in the market to enable people wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds on each occassion.
Adinuba observed tgat as a result of the nonchalant attitude of the officials of the officials of the market, there has been huge spike in the number of COVID-19 infections in the commercial city of Nnewi since the year 2021.
The statement partly read, “of course, the state government foresaw since late last year a considerable increase in the number of infections in the state, because millions if our people were coming from different parts of the country and beyond, including places with high incidences of infections and fatalities to celebrate the Christmas and New year with their families and friends.
“Consequently, the government took several proactive measures to shield Anambra people as much as possible from the ravages of the virus, especially the new variants from South Africa, Brazil and the United Kingdom which are more infectious and more deadly.
“It was in consideration of the above thst the stateMinistry of Trade and Commerce shut down the Agbedo New Spare Parts Market for one week, with effect from Monday, February 7, 2021.
The Commissioner insisted thst the safety of Anambra people all over the world is of paramount importance to the administration, hence government will not tolerate a situation that will threaten the people’s existence.
He said that following pledges from stakeholders and ttraders to comply religiously with the protocols to check the pandemic, provide facilities as well as materials, facilities needed in the market and take the necessary disciplinary action against violators of the rules, the Governor has given direction for the market to be reopened.
Adinuba said the governor also considered the prevailing economic climate in the country before given order for it to be reopened.
He added, “it us necessary to warn stakeholders against abusing Governor Obiano’s compassionate decision. The state government will not hesitate to shut down this market or any other market which contravenes the protocols to check COVID-19. The health and safety of our people remain supreme.”