COVID-19: Nima market to be reopened Today after protest by traders

COVID-19: Nima market to be reopened Today after protest by traders

The Nima market is expected to be reopened today, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 for trading activities to continue after it was closed on Friday, April 24, 2020, as a result of traders neglecting the social distancing measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Ayawaso East Municipal Assembly’s head office at Kawukudi was flooded with traders last Friday to protest against the Assembly’s decision as it did not go down well with them.

The Municipal Chief Executive of the Assembly, Hajia Salma Mohammed Sanni Adams in an interview disclosed that the assembly will from today be operating a shift system for the traders.

“Nima markets are going to open today and we will hold a meeting with the traders on how to obey social distancing. The queens of the market, traders, and stakeholders will all be there. I toured the market on Saturday with some of the women and educated them on the wearing of the nose mask which is mandatory and I told them we are going to run a shift,” she said.

Background

Traders from the Nima market crowded the Ayawaso East Municipal Assembly on Friday, April 24, 2020 to demand the re-opening of the Nima market.

The Assembly on Friday, 24th April 2020 temporarily closed down the market attributing it to the traders’ non-compliance with the social distancing directive announced by the president and health authorities.

The Municipal Coordinator Director for Ayawaso East Municipal Assembly, Nii Armah Ashietey in an interview explained that the market will be reopened on the basis of the outcome from the consultation with stakeholders.

President Akufo-Addo has also admonished market women to put on face masks and adhere to the health protocols outlined to protect their lives and others.

REGSEC

Meanwhile, the Greater Accra Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has announced the mandatory wearing of nose and face masks in public as part of measures to curtail the spread of the virus.

According to the council, the move was to ensure strict compliance with President Akufo-Addo’s directive on social distancing and wearing face masks.

“Mandatory wearing of face masks in the Greater Accra Region by the General public.”

The statement added that “all commercial bus drivers are to ensure that all their passengers wear face masks before being allowed to board their vehicles.