TOYIN ADEBAYO, ABUJA
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has directed all markets in the territory to open three times a week in order to mitigate the sufferings of residents who find it difficult to buy foodstuffs due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
He added that, 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 8.00am to 3.00pm.
Bello made this known when he chaired a joint meeting of the FCT COVID-19 Emergency Response Team and the FCT Security Committee, as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the FCT.
The Meeting deliberated on the second phase of the ease of lockdown guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 generally and as they affect the operations of markets in particular
Consequently, the meeting came up with the following guidelines which will guide the operations of markets in the FCT from Monday May 25th 2020.
In addition to sale of foodstuff the following additional sections of the market will now open; Agricultural inputs for farm activities such as sale of fertilizer, herbicides, seeds and agricultural implements; Building and construction materials; and Electrical items specifically for construction
More so, Neighborhood selling points managed by the Abuja Markets Management Ltd which are restricted to selling only foodstuff, are to operate daily;
He continued: “All new sections of the market to be re-opened as indicated above must ensure decontamination of their premises prior to commencement of business.
Market operators and customers must also 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.