By Auta Obadiah Dauda
Kaduna State Government has re-adjusted the two-day window of the restriction of movement order, to allow residents to visit neighbourhood markets to purchase food and other essentials.
This is contained in a statement by the Managing Director of Kaduna Markets Development and Management Company (KMDMC), Hafiz Bayero on Sunday in a Channels Television. He said that Wednesdays and Thursdays are now the two-day window which the restriction of movement will be relaxed.
Bayero emphasizes that the temporary neighbourhood markets are to operate from 10am to 4pm on the two days on which the restriction of movement is relaxed.
‘’Residents will be free to visit their neighbourhood markets on 20th and 21st May 2020 to purchase food and other essential items. This adjustment means that no market will be open next Saturday,’’ he says.
The Managing Director promises that KMDMC will make all the necessary arrangements for the orderly and safe conduct of trading activities at all the designated temporary neighbourhood markets.’’
The statement commends the orderly and mature attitude of the traders and customers that are making the neighbourhood markets work as safe spaces for getting essentials, adding that trading activities went smoothly in 40 of the 46 temporary markets last Saturday.
KMDMC appealed ‘’for compliance with this guideline, and other conditions including the need to wear facemasks and submit to temperature checks before entering the markets,’’ he said, adding that physical distancing and other public health protocols should be complied with.
‘’However, the company warned those traders that are trying to turn the streets nearby the closed main markets into illegal shops to desist,’’ the statement added