LG shuts down popular section of Enugu market over health concern

Enugu State

Chief Emeka Onunze, Chairman of Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State, says the tomato section of Akwatta in Ogbete Main Market has been shut down due to health concerns.
Onunze told newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday that the shutting down took effect from March 24, adding that it would remain closed till further notice.
According to him, the move is in consideration of the realities of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“The development points to the council area authorities sustained commitment to enthrone basic standard hygiene in our neighbourhood,” he said.
Onunze said thought it was a painful decision, it must be done in view of the attendant health challenges the environmental condition of the tomato section portends for the wellbeing of the people.
“This decision was reached after due consultation with our environmental and community health workers that have been monitoring development at that section of the market,” he said.
The chairman urged both sellers and buyers in the section to comply with the directive, adding that the leadership of the council would meet with the sellers to find an alternative location to transact their businesses.
The council boss said he had drafted some council officials and security agents to see to the compliance of the shut down.