Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has given condition for Shasha market operations.
He expressed displeasure at the crowdy gathering of marketers and customers at the Sha-Sha Market on Akure-Owo Road in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said the market would henceforth operate two days on two days off with strict adherence to all safety precautions while the Covid 19 lasts.
The governor who was on a visit to the market said it was disheartening that the Social Distancing directive of the Federal and state governments were not observed.
The governor flanked by some members of his cabinet and Heads of Security Agencies in the state, categorically stated that he would not hesitate to close the market if government directive on Social Distancing, Use of Nose Masks, obedience to Dusk to Dawn Curfew and others, are not religiously followed.
While saying that the State Government would no longer take kindly with any “importation” of coronavirus to the state, Governor Akeredolu enjoined Seriki Hausa of the Market to get in contact with the people bringing food items to the state from the Northern part of the country not to come with passengers.
” Let the people bringing foodstuffs to the state from the North do so without any passenger
” Anybody who brings passengers to the state would have himself to blame”, he said.
The Seriki of Hausa, Alhaji Sheu Ibrahim who received the governor assured that the leadership of the Market would not for any reason tolerate any disobedience to directives made by the State Government.
While appreciating the approval granted the market to open ‘two days on, two days off’, till futher notice, Alhaji Sheu Ibrahim called on the police not to allow any truck bringing foodstuffs with passengers into the state.
“We are happy that you agree that we can sell our commodities till Friday, meaning that no market on Saturday and Sunday, thank you sir”, he said.
In his comment, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, assured the governor that his officers would henceforth be around to enforce all regulations concerning social distancing and mode of operations at the market.