Following the gradually reopening of the Akwa Ibom State economy for residents and business operators, livestock marketers in the State have appealed for the re-opening of the livestock market at Itam.
Leader of the livestock sellers who also doubles as the Leader of the Hausa Community in the State, Alhaji Hassan Sadauki made the appeal during a meeting with the Chairman of the Covid-19 Management Committee and Secretary to State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem.
Alhaji Hassan Sadauki assured that the livestock market Community will abide by the Safety protocols for Covid-19 as recommended by Government.
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He lamented that the unfortunate closure of the livestock market has brought untold hardship to the dealers on livestock hence the need to give consideration to re-opening of the market.
According to him, 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.
The Secretary to State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem while commending the peaceful co-existence among Nigerians from all tribes resident in Uyo, reiterated Governor Udom Emmanuel’s commitment to the welfare and protection of all.
He cautioned against abuse of the situation when the livestock market is eventually re-opened.
Ekuwem noted that the erroneous notion peddled by some individuals that Covid-19 is a make-believe was very dangerous for the society, in view of the fact that the disease has gotten to a stage where it could skyrocket through Community spreading, if not properly managed.
He commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his total support in the fight against Covid-19 and assured that the request will be communicated to the Governor and reviewed by the Incident Management Team for further action.
Dr Ekuwem warned that anytime protocol is breached through the smuggling of unauthorized persons alongside livestock into the State, or failure to be safety conscious; attract drastic actions would be taken which may include a closure of the livestock market.