The Anambra State government has ordered the closure of the Agbaedo Nnewi New Motor Spare Parts Market for one week due to non-compliance of set COVID-19 guidelines.
This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday by the State Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Mr Uchenna Okafor, who said that the order was issued due to the disregard for the COVID-19 safety protocol by both traders and customers in the market.
In the statement, the state government also ordered officials of the market to appear before the commissioner for health, Dr Vincent Okpala for retraining and recertification, within the period of the closure.
The statement reads thus in part; “Following the non-compliance to the COVID-19 safety protocols by the Agbaedo new motor spare parts market, Nnewi, His Excellency the executive governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has ordered for the closure of the market.”
The order came days after the state government introduced an intervention strategy for early intervention and handling of patients who have contracted COVID-19 to ensure low death rate arising from the virus.