By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) yesterday relaxed market operations in Abuja, the nation’s capital city from three days a week to all seven days in the week.
This was disclosed by FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who chaired a virtual meeting between members of the FCT COVID-19 Response Team, senior members of the Administration and members of the Coalition of FCT Market Chairmen and Secretaries led by its Chairman Mr. Raphael Okorie.
Bello revealed that the meeting deliberated on the request by the Coalition of FCT Market Chairmen and Secretaries for the operational days of FCT markets to be extended to all 7 days of the week
Recall that as part of measures to decongest markets in Abuja, so as to check the spread of Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19, market operations were restricted to three days a week.
According to a statement from Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, the extension, which is from 7:00am to 6:00pm effective today, as against the 3 days weekly that was hitherto in effect.
“The Abuja Market Management Limited and various market associations will continue to carry out sensitisation activities to enlighten market users on COVID-19 and the necessity of obeying all extant health and safety protocols.
“Access to the markets and operations within the markets will only be permitted with the wearing of facial coverings and adherence to all extant health and safety guidelines inclusive of hand washing and maintenance of physical distancing.
“However, failure by the Coalition of FCT Market Chairmen and Secretaries to fully implement these guidelines, the FCTA will be compelled to withdraw this extension,” the statement stated.