Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Wednesday warned traders to desist from disobedience to government’s directive on the closure of all markets in the state.
Ortom handed the warning during the inspection of major markets in Makurdi metropolis to ascertain the level of compliance to his earlier order on shutting down markets for 14-days as a necessary measure to fight deadly coronavirus.
He expressed dissatisfaction with traders at Wadata market who were partially carrying out commercial activities in crowded corners of the market.
“We’re here to warn you people and I’m begging you today as the closure was done with human face. By tomorrow, this market should be totally closed because government is coming to fumigate the place in line with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s advice,” he said.
The governor applauded traders at the Modern Market in Makurdi for total compliance to the directive as the market remained under lock while officials were seen distilling gutters as well as sanitising the environment.
But at the Wurukum and North bank markets, where the traders only partially obeyed the closure order, the governor appealed to them to stay safe at home and lock up the market in their own interest.
Ortom however maintained that all the markets would be fumigated before the two weeks closure elapses.