Covid-19: FCT minister relaxes restrictions on Markets

By Omeiza Ajayi

 FCT minister
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa-Bello

ABUJA: Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has relaxed among the restrictions imposed on the territory’s markets within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, including an additional day of operations in addition to approving the opening of extra sections of the markets.

Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Anthony Ogunleye who disclosed this in a press release yesterday stated Malam Bello had accepted the brand new pointers when he chaired a joint assembly of the FCT Covid-19 Emergency Response Team and the FCT Security Committee, as a part of efforts to curtail the unfold of the contagion within the FCT.

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“The Meeting deliberated on the second section of the convenience of lockdown pointers issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 typically and as they have an effect on the operations of markets particularly

“Consequently, the assembly got here up with the next pointers which can information the operations of markets within the FCT from Monday May 25th 2020.

“With effect from Monday, May 25th, 2020, the number of days that markets are allowed to operate in the FCT has been increased from 2 to 3 days in a week. Accordingly, all markets will now be opened on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am to 3pm”, stated Ogunleye.

He stated “along with the sale of foodstuffs, the next further sections of the market will now open;

“Agricultural inputs for farm actions such because the sale of fertilizer, herbicides, seeds and agricultural implements; Building and development supplies; and electrical gadgets particularly for development

“Neighborhood promoting factors managed by the Abuja Markets Management Ltd that are restricted to promoting solely foodstuff, are to function day by day.

“All new sections of the market to be re-opened as indicated above should guarantee decontamination of their premises earlier than graduation of enterprise.

“Market operators and clients should additionally observe all already established protocols of handwashing, facial coverings, and social distancing;

“All other measures at curtailing COVID-19 in the FCT as contained in the guidelines issued by the FCTA on the 2nd of May 2020 still subsist”, he added.

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