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Re-open livestock market, Hausa leader begs A’Ibom govt.

From INI FRIDAY, Uyo

The Leader of the Hausa Community and livestock sellers in Akwa Ibom State, Alhaji Hassan Sadauki has appealed to the State government to re-open the market at Itam in Uyo Local Government Area.

Sadauki, who promised that the livestock market community would abide by the recommended government safety protocols for COVID-19, made the appeal earlier today at a meeting with Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to the State Government and Chairman of the COVID-19 Management Committee.

Sadauki said: “The unfortunate closure of the livestock market has brought untold hardship to livestock dealers, hence the need to give consideration to re-opening of the market.

“Most of them are solely dependent on the business for the upkeep of their families and will do everything to protect their source of income by adhering strictly to the government guidelines.”

In his response, Dr. Ekuwem commended the peaceful co-existence among Nigerians resident in Uyo.

He said Governor Udom Emmanuel was committed to the welfare and protection of all, and cautioned against abuse when the livestock market was eventually re-opened.

He condemned the erroneous notion peddled by some individuals that COVID-19 is a make-believe, saying such a mindset was very dangerous for the society.

He stated the disease has reached the community spreading stage such that if not properly managed, new cases will overwhelm the already existing ones.

He lauded the Governor for the total support for the fight against COVID-19 from the very first day the State had its index cases, adding that their request would be communicated to the Governor and reviewed by the Incident Management Team for further action.

He, however, warned that anytime the protocol was breached through the smuggling of unauthorized persons alongside livestock into the State, or failure to be safety conscious, would attract drastic actions which might include another closure of the livestock market.

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