POPULAR MARKET IN PORT-HARCOURT ON LOCK DOWN DUE TO FEAR OF COVID-190
The Rivers State Government have been taking proactive measures to avoid an out break of the covid-19 virus in the state. A directive was given during a press meeting yesterday stating that the decision is based on the fact that many people will flock into the market from out of Port Harcourt.
The popular Oil mill market will be on lock down after the state government gave the directive yesterday 24 March 2020.
The market attracts thousands of people from outside the state and that could be a major opening for the state. The state government saw it necessary to initiate the lock down. As of the early hours of today being the main day for the market, the market is on total lock down.
The question on people mind is ‘will the traders obey this directive by the state government as they were not informed on the plans to stop all business activities?
The state government has also put in place a task force to enforce this order as of today. A reliable source has confirmed that prices of things will go up as a result of the lock down starting from today. Some of the traders have lamented the decision stating that they were not fully informed. Many of them feed from what they sell from the market.
As of this morning there were reports of business activities taking place in oil Mill market. The directive of the government is not being followed by the traders.
Some persons that passed through the area posted on social media (twitter) that business is going on in the market.