News Update

Anambra markets to reopen in 7 days, civil servants may resume work in a fortnight

By Jude Atupulazi

The 63 major markets in Anambra State will reopen for business on May 6, going by the agreement reached today between the government of Anambra State and the leaders of all the 63 markets in the state.

This is even as civil servants may return to work between one and two weeks, a government source has disclosed.

On the reopening of markets, Governor Obiano disclosed this after a meeting with market leaders which held on Monday in his country home in Aguleri.

Governor Obiano however explained that the reopening of the markets would be conditional so that market leaders could plan effectively and see to the installation of facilities to maintain established hygiene protocols and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the markets.

He said each market would constitute a special Covid-19 Committee for effective sensitization, monitoring and enforcement of government’s directives on preventing the spread of the coronavirus, adding that members of the committees would be trained by the government.

Governor Obiano also reiterated that the wearing of face masks remained compulsory and a condition to be met by all markets before reopening.

According to him, hand washing buckets and sanitizers must be made available at strategic points in all the major markets in the state.

The reopening of the markets will be coming four weeks after they were closed by the state government over the coronavirus pandemic.

However, all state boundaries will remain closed and businesses will be transacted only within the state.

In the same vein, a top government source told Fides that civil servants would return to work between seven and fourteen days’ time.

He said the state government was committed to giving the fight against COVID-19 a human face.

Fides recalls that workers were among the first to be ordered home in the wake of measures taken to stave off the scourge of COVID-19 in the state.

On Saturday, Gov Willie Obiano announced that churches were free to commence worship only, without other activities, but that it would be amid strict compliance to the World Health Organization’s health guidelines.