Senator Hope Uzodimma, The Imo State Governor, instructed that all the commercial markets in the state should reopen, and traders should be allowed to sell their goods with effect from Wednesday, begin 8th July 2020.
The traders are expected to operate three times a week while abiding by all the COVID-19 protocols as measures to prevent the spread of the deadly pandemic.
Our correspondent who spoke with Ozioma Teddy Ukwuoma, the Special Adviser to the Deputy Governor on Media and Publicity, said the Governor had done so to enable the traders in the state to sell their goods.
Similarly, the further reminded the traders that the opening of markets was limited to three days a week.
In a press release signed by Kingsley Ononuju, the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry said that on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays had been set aside for traders to operate in the state.
He further stated that all the existing measures towards the prevention of the spread of coronavirus pandemic are still in place as the Governor has done so to alleviate the burdens of the traders who have been made to stay indoors for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He warned traders who violate safety measures earlier put in place by the government will be arrested and prosecuted by the mobile court.
In an interview with one of the trader at Amakohia modern market, Owerri, she said that the Imo government was playing to the gallery, insisting that whether lockdown or not, the traders have been going about their businesses.
She described the announcement made by the government as dead on arrival because, according to her, Imo people cannot be obstructed from doing their business.