Abuja council stops rural markets over COVID-19

By Daniel Tyokua

The Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Alhaji Adamu Mustapha, has directed that all rural markets across the council must stop their activities in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

In statement issued from the council, the chairman disclosed during a meeting with elected councillors and political appointees at the council secretariat.

He said that it has become necessary to ensure total compliance with the presidential directive on the COVID-19 lockdown especially with the influx of people into the council daily.

“Some of the reports reaching us is that some rural markets still operate where people converge to buy and sell goods but the council will not accept that,” he said.

Mustapha stressed that the enforcement of the lockdown order has become necessary because the continued increase in reported cases of coronavirus in Abuja has formed the basis to call on all residents and councillors to go back to sensitise the people of their wards on the dangers.

The chairman therefore reiterated his administration’s commitment towards ensuring that there was total compliance by residents with the presidential directive.

He assured that the council in collaboration with the FCT Administration was making necessary efforts to provide palliatives to residents of the council.

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