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Ekiti shuts markets

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has directed that all markets be shut to contain the spread of COVID-19. The order takes effect today by 5pm.

Traders who sell essential commodities such as foodstuff, medicine, medical equipment and water are, however, to remain open.

The governor’s directive was contained in a statement on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode.  It directed that medicine stores that are open must not display or sell any other thing, while those trading in foodstuff should also stick to their trade. Pharmacy stores are also urged not to hike prices of essential drugs.

The governor also appealed to commercial drivers and leadership of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) to reduce transport fares.

The statement also reminded the public that gatherings exceeding 20 persons remain banned, adding that a monitoring and enforcement taskforce has been dispatched to arrest defaulters.

Nathaniel Udoh

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