The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello has increased the number of days markets in Abuja are to be open. The Minister said markets will now be open three days a week with effect from Monday.
The decision was reached after a joint meeting of the FCT COVID-19 Emergency Response Team and the FCT Security Committee, which took place on Thursday, May 22.
A statement by the minister’s Chief Press Secretary revealed all markets will now open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.
“In addition to the sale of foodstuff, the following additional sections of the market will now open; Agricultural inputs for farm activities such as the sale of fertilizer, herbicides, seeds and agricultural implements.
“Building and construction materials, electrical items specifically for construction; neighbourhood selling points managed by the Abuja Markets Management Ltd which are restricted to selling foodstuff only are to operate daily.
“All new sections of the market to be re-opened as indicated above must ensure decontamination of their premises prior to commencement of business.”
According to the FCTA, market operators and customers must also observe all already established protocols of handwashing, facial coverings, and social distancing.
“All other measures at curtailing COVID-19 in the FCT as contained in the guidelines issued by the FCTA on the May 2 still subsist,” the statement added