COVID-19: Rivers govt lists markets to be closed, threatens demolition

The Rivers State government has warned that some markets in the State might be demolished for flouting the COVID-19 order of the government.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Paulinus Nsirim, issued the warning in a statement made available on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.

He lamented that some markets may be shut in the state due to non-compliance of traders to the government’s directives.

Nsirim added that five markets in the state might be shut down permanently for flouting the directives.

“The Rivers Government wishes to draw the attention of the general public that Mbiama Market has been closed down,” it said.

The government warned that any further attempt to continue trading activities at Mbiama Market would lead to complete demolition of the market.

He added, “Anybody who goes to Oginigba Market for any form of business will face the full wrath of the law.

“Similarly, Oil Mill Market has been closed and as such all those using Igbo-Etche Road as an alternative market are warned to desist forthwith or risk destruction of their goods.

“Government has not approved any goat market at the Eleme/Ahoada stretch of the East-West road in the state.”

Nsirim further instructed authorities of Emohua and Ahoada-East Councils to close the goat market in the area immediately.

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