From AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
Barely 24 hours after the state government announced partial closure of markets, Kaduna State Market Development and Management Company has commenced fumigation of the markets against COVID 19.
Personnel were sighted at the Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Central Market fumigating the environment.
Though, the General Manager of Kaduna Markets Development and Management Company, could not be reached for comment on the development, the company on its official Twitter handle confirmed the development.
It said, the fumigation was aimed at disinfecting the market as a measure to combat the spread of COVID-19.
According to the market authority, “this evening, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi (Central) Market is being fumigated and disinfected as a measure to combat the spread of COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, traders in the markets around metropolis have complied with the state government’s restrictions.
At the Gumi Market and Kakuri Market in Kaduna North and Kaduna South LGAs respectively, many shops were found locked up, while traders selling drugs especially around Warri road, raw foodstuff, cooked food and drinks, were found open and conducting their businesses.
However, people were seen indulging in panic buying stocking essential commodities afraid that Kaduna state could be locked down should there be a positive case of Coronavirus. People were seen in various shades of face masks, some with different types of sanitisers while others are seemingly unconcerned.
Also, crowd of people were also noticed in long queues at cooking gas stations, banks, while cars were also in long queues at filling stations reminiscent of days of fuel scarcity.