Obiano shuts Awka market, imposes curfew

Willie Obiano

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has announced the closure of Eke Awka Central Market effective from Monday, June 15.

Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, made this known in a public service announcement on Thursday.

He said the decision was taken because traders and customers were not observing COVID-19 protocols.

The government also imposed a curfew on Awka South Local Government Area where the market is situated from 8 pm to 6 am daily until further notice.

“This is to inform the public that effective Monday, 15th June, 2020, Eke Awka Market, in Awka South Local Government will be shut down,” the government said.

“This is as a result of non-compliance by the market traders and customers with COVID-19 protocols including wearing of protective face masks, provision of running water and soap for washing of hands and keeping of physical distancing.

“These actions by the government are as a result of increased cases of COVID-19 in Awka South Local Government.

“The government is also putting other market leaders and local government councils in the state on notice that a similar curfew action will be taken, and markets in the local government closed down if it is observed that such markets do not observe COVID-19 protocols.”