Covid-19: Excitement As Enugu Govt Reopens Ogbete Main Market



...As Ugwuanyi relaunches Traders empowerment scheme  


Following an agreement reached between the Enugu State government and the leadership of Ogbete Main Market Traders Association, Enugu, on strict compliance with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on containment of the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, pandemic, the state government has reopened the market for full trading activities.

Speaking to reporters after a closed door meeting with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, Tuesday, the Chairman of Enugu North Local Government Area, Hon. Emeke Onunze and the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Ogbete Main Market, Hon. John Eze, expressed delight and gratitude to the governor for his understanding and commitment to the safety, health and wellbeing of residents of the state.

The Ogbete Main Market, was closed alongside other markets in the state on April 1, 2020, as part of the proactive measures by the state government to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Enugu North Council Chairman, Hon. Onunze, announced the re - opening of the market by the state government and commended Gov Ugwuanyi for his kind gesture.


In his speech, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Obgete Main Market Traders Association, Mr Eze said that “today is one of our happiest days in life,” adding that it was agreed that “everybody must wear facemask before coming into the market, and if you come to a shop, you must wash your hands. If you are a trader, you must have a bucket for washing of hands and a sanitizer, and apply other precautionary measures by the government.”

He then pledged that the traders would strictly abide by the guidelines and other measures, pointing out that Ugwuanyi did not only reopen the market, “he made promises to us that he will want the raffle draw (Enugu State Traders Empowerment Scheme) to start this month and that he is going to start a concrete pavement at the Akwatta Market.

“He (the governor) also promised us a lot of things and based on that he now directed that the market should be reopened in line with the NCDC guidelines and other precautionary measures.

“We are going to make sure that we keep to that and we are not going to disappoint him again.”