Umahi Threatens to Sanction Defaulters of Covid-19 Guidelines


The governor has expressed dissatisfaction in the neglect of the Coronavirus precautionary measures at the St Margret Umahi International Market Abakaliki.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Hon Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji in a public service announcement on Friday.

“Following a two week inspection carried out by the governor at the St Margret Umahi International Market Abakaliki, he observed that over 80% of the marketers do not use face masks, handsanitizers and running water.

“He also observed that traders are chased out of the market at a certain time of the day , while market leaders collect N50.00 from them before they are allowed into the market”.

In the light of the above, the governor warns that “continuous violation of covid-19 protocols at the International market, may lead to shutting down the market for any form of business transaction.

“Also, all forms of illegal collection of levies must cease and marketers are free to close their daily businesses anytime they like.”

The governor has equally observed that opening of markets has restarted at old Abakpa market and hereby remind all that the old Abakpa market was designated as residential area hence no sales of any sort or business is to be entertained in the entire location. He therefore warns that anyone found opening shops at the old Abakpa market other than for residential reasons shall be arrested.


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