The Ekiti State Government has embarked on enforcing safety protocols in the markets in Ado Ekiti warning traders to desist from displaying their wares on walkways, road medians and other unauthorized places.
The Deputy Governor of the state Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, who paid an unscheduled visit to Erekesan and Bisi Markets advised traders to abide by COVID-19 protocols including regular washing of hands, use of face masks, sanitisers and avoiding overcrowding.
Egbeyemi during the visit said Governor Kayode Fayemi is concerned about the safety of traders and their customers in the markets hence the need for strict enforcement of rules following the decision to open the markets for owners of lock-up shops.
According to a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, Egbeyemi was joined during the inspection by the General Manager, Ekiti State Traffic Management Agency (EKSTMA), Chief Femi Olanrewaju; Commandant, Ekiti State Peace Corps, Mr. Dele Owoju and other government functionaries.
Egbeyemi who took time to move to various sections of the two markets where he educated traders and their customers on COVID-19 safety protocols also deplored displaying of wares on drainages by some shop owners.
The Deputy Governor emphasized that Coronavirus is real and kills without minding class and age noting that markets have been identified as places where it could spread hence the need for compliance following their reopening.
Egbeyemi warned that any trader who displays wares in unauthorized places would not only have his goods seized but would also be prosecuted in the court in line with extant laws.