COVID-19 Lockdown: Anambra Debunks Report On Reopening Of Markets

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

The Anambra State Government says it has not issued any policy statement concerning the reopening of markets on Monday next week, contrary to social media reports alleging that such statement has been made by the government.

The state commissioner for information and public enlightenment Mr. C. Don Adinuba disclosed it to our correspondent in an interview.

Adinuba said it is not true and that policy statements are not made through the social media. He therefore wondered how writers of such misleading stories get their information, saying that if anything of sort exists, the information would be communicated through the proper channel.

The commissioner disclosed further that the state government would hold a review meeting on activities on Wednesday 22nd April and take a decision on the next line of action which will form the hallmark of the press statement that would be released to the general public on the situation.

He said, “This is a policy matter and policy matters are not given to the public through the social media for goodness sake. Please disregard such information. If there is anything of sort, I am the person to announce it.

“We are having a meeting this afternoon to review a lot of events. So I will announce it once we take a decision.” Adinuba stated.

However a blog had reported that markets in Anambra state will reopen for normal commercial activities on Monday next week.

The report reads, “The state government is set to reopen the markets in Anambra state that has been on lock-down along with everything else in the state. Our source within the market unions’ delegation that took part in a crucial meeting held with the government said today.

“The lock-down was deemed necessary following the outbreak of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria. The state government moved to forestall the spread of the coronavirus in the state based on expert advice, hence the drastic measure.

“Our source indicated that barring any unforeseen circumstances, the markets would commence business next Monday.”

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