The Chairman of Aniocha North Local government area of Delta State, Mr Chuks Oseme has declared no buying and selling at the council area without facemask.
Oseme who made the declaration at the popular Afor market on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Issele-Uku, the council headquarters, said that the action was to curtail the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
He said, “Though, our local government has not recorded any case of COVID-19 but we must intensify efforts to ensure that the virus does not enter our area.
“We are here today to sensitize the market men and woman on the need to wear facemask because from the next market day, anybody without facemask will not be allowed to enter the market.
“We have shared enough facemask to virtually everyone in Aniocha North, so we expect everyone to wear facemask and observe the social distancing. No facemask no market in Aniocha North.
“Now, Mr President has given order to unlock all borders, so we are now having free movement of people coming to our market. Area like Afor market serves as a epicentre for COVID-19 because it is a popular market where people from the East, South, West and even North comes to buy and sell goods”
“By next market day, the taskforce will start enforcing use of facemask and hand washing/sanitizer and anyone caught will be made to face the law. Any eateries, supermarket, filling station or other business centres that flout the order will be sealed up.
The council boss while urging the taskforce not to extort money from any defaulter rather allow such person to face the law by paying the fine, stressed that COVID-19 is real, saying “safeguard the people to safe yourselves”.