Traders of Ogbete Main Market on Saturday hailed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for commencing the second phase decontamination and fumigation of the Market which was shortdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the state considering the huge number of people that transact business there.

Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the traders of Ogbete Main Market, decontamination and fumigation of the Market, Chief Security Officer, Justus Kasie Ezebinagu, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the initiative to decontaminate the market for the second time.

He promised that the traders will comply strictly with the government’s precautionary measures as well as the WHO and NCDC laid down protocol.

His words: “When we were told that the governor directed the fire service to come and fumigate this Ogbete Main market, it was highly commended. The whole market was happy because this is the second time they are coming to fumigate the market since this pandemic started.

“We thank our amiable governor for coming to our aid. We are happy; even though Ogbete is partially open for now, we believe that our governor is going to do more in our collective interest”.

It would be recalled that the state fire service carried out the first phase of the exercise in the market on April 1, 2020, shortly after it was shut down by the state government as part of the proactive safety measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the state.

Enugu state Chief Fire Officer, Engr. Okwudiri Ohaa, who also spoke with newsmen, hinted “the state government will fumigate major markets in the state before they are reopened adding that the second phase decontamination exercise at Ogbete Main Market, will last for two days (Saturday and Sunday).

He added that the state government has been consistent with the exercise to ensure that “the fight against COVID-19 is won in Enugu State”.

The Chief Fire Officer maintained that the decontamination is a continuous one, stressing that “when the market reopens, it will be a weekly event”.

He, therefore, advised residents of the state to continue to adhere strictly to all the precautionary measures for the containment of the spread of COVID-19, including the guidelines on personal hygiene protocol by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), among others.

It will be recalled that during the first phase of the decontamination of the market, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and heads of security agencies in the state monitored the exercise.

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