Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has approved that markets in the territory should begin to run normally everyday of the week.
The decision followed a request at a virtual meeting by a Coalition of FCT Market chairmen and secretaries led by its Chairman, Mr Raphael Okorie.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Anthony Ogunleye, said that the minister chaired the virtual meeting between members of the FCT COVID-19 Response Team, senior members of the Administration and members of the Coalition of FCT Market Chairmen and Secretaries led by Okorie.
Ogunleye said the meeting deliberated on the request by the Coalition of FCT Market Chairmen and Secretaries for the operational days of FCT markets to be extended to all 7 days of the week as against the 3 days weekly that is currently in effect.
He said consequent upon this meeting, the following resolutions were reached:
“As part of measures to decongest the markets in the FCT and further check the spread of COVID-19, market operations have been extended from three days a week to all 7 days in the week from 7:00am to 6:00pm effective from Thursday, 30th July 2020.
“The Abuja Market Management Limited and various market associations will continue to carry out sensitization activities to enlighten market users on COVID-19 and the necessity of obeying all extant health and safety protocols.
“Access to the markets and operations within the markets will only be permitted with the wearing of facial coverings and adherence to all extant health and safety guidelines inclusive of hand washing and maintenance of physical distancing.”
Ogunleye said failure by the Coalition of FCT Market Chairmen and Secretaries to fully implement these guidelines, woild compel the FCTA to withdraw (rescind) the grant of extension.