From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government will soon step up enforcement of the Quarantine Law of Restriction of Movement, maintaining social and wearing facemasks, the Managing Director of Kaduna Markets Development and Management Company(KMDMC) has warned.
Speaking at a press conference Monday, the Managing Director said that the scale up of the enforcement will begin on Wednesday, warning that neighbourhood markets will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays for residents to restock food items.
Bayero pointed out that the two-day window is to enable people to buy food items and not for social visits to friends and relatives, adding that anyone found on major roads during lockdown days will be violated.
‘’People who are found driving on major roads will be prosecuted, their vehicles will be impounded and auctioned and the proceeds of the sale will be put into government coffers,’’ he said.
The Managing Director explained that temporary markets have been created in public schools across four local governments. He further said that the markets will open from 10am to 4pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Bayero promised that temporary markets will be extended to Zaria, Sabon Gari and Jema’a local government areas as soon as possible.
According to him, adequate provision has been made for social distancing in the temporary markets and security will be enhanced to ensure seamless transactions.
‘’Government officials will take peoples temperature and ensure that they wear facemasks even before they enter the temporary markets. In the market, people must maintain social distancing,’’ he added.
The Managing Director explained that the temporary markets were created because people flouted COVID-19 Protocols of avoiding large crowds and maintaining social distance.