Governor of Katsina state, Governor Aminu Bello Masari has directed the reopening of all major weekly markets in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, on Thursday.
According to the statement, the markets are to reopen from Friday, 5th June, 2020.
The statement reads: “Following the regular review meeting between the Government and other stakeholders on the measures being taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection in the State, His Excellency, the Governor of Katsina State, Rt. Hon. Aminu BeIto Masari, CFR, has directed for the re-opening of all major markets across the State with effect from Friday 5 June, 2020.
“Governor Aminu Bello Masari said the decision was taken as a result of the drop in the emergence of new COVID-19 cases and concern by the Government on the adverse effect of the shutting clown of markets on the socio-econornic activities and means of livelihood of majority of the people in the State.
“The Governor however warned people to note that the effort of easing lockdown, lifting of bans, restrictions and re-opening of the markets does not mean that there is no coronavirus in the State, adding that it still exists.
“He emphasized on the need for people to strictly abide by the health and security protocols such as the consistent wearing of face mask, maintaining social distancing, regular washing of hands with soap, and running water and use of sanitizer among others.
“Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari particularly warned old age people and those with health challenges to avoid crowded places.
“He then appealed for continuous support and cooperation to collectively fight the war against spread of the pandemic to the end.”
The markets affected by the closure on to reopen are Charanchi, Maiaduwa, Batsari, Kafur, Kagadama, Kaita, Danja, Zango, Bakori, Dandume, Sheme, Dutsinma, Jibia, Mashi, and Dankama among others.