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Rivers Govt to demolish markets for flouting COVID-19 directives

The Rivers Government warned on Wednesday that some markets in the state might be demolished.

The government disclosed that the move is being mooted as consequences for flouting the order of the government; that trading should stop at the markets because of COVID-19.

The Rivers State Commissioner for Information/Communication, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, gave the warning in a statement issued in Port Harcourt. He lamented that traders had continued to flout government’s directives that markets should be shut. Equally important, the directive on closure is due to rising cases of the novel coronavirus in the state.

Nsirim said that five markets in the state might be shut down permanently for flouting the directives.

However, he did not elaborate.

“The Rivers Government wishes to draw the attention of the general public that Mbiama Market has been closed down. Any attempt to continue trading activities at Mbiama Market will lead to complete demolition of the market.’’

Further, the commissioner named Oginigba Market and two others; which he described as notorious for disobeying Gov. Nyesom Wike’s directive that the markets should be closed.

“The government warns that anybody who goes to Oginigba Market for any form of business will face the full wrath of the law.Similarly, Oil Mill Market has been closed and as such all those using Igbo-Etche Road as an alternative market; are warned to desist forthwith or risk destruction of their goods.

“Government has not approved any goat market at the Eleme/Ahoada stretch of the East-West road in the state.”

Meanwhile, Nsirim has directed authorities of Emohua and Ahoada-East Councils to shut down the goat market in the area immediately.

Equally important, Governor Wike has maintained a strict enforcement of the lockdown in Rivers State.

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