Ekiti State Government on Thursday commenced enforcement of safety protocols in the large markets in Ado Ekiti with a warning to traders not to display goods on walkways, road medians and other unauthorised places.
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, who paid an unscheduled visit to Erekesan and Bisi Markets advised traders to abide by COVID-19 protocols including regular washing of hands, use of face masks, sanitisers and avoiding overcrowding.
Egbeyemi warned that any trader who displays wares in unauthorised places would not only have his goods seized but would also be prosecuted in the court in line with extant laws.
While noting that government was not interested in denying them their daily bread, the Deputy Governor said only compliance with rules would keep the markets open warning traders against throwing caution to the wind which could lead to the shutting down of the markets again.
He however added that inspection of the markets would now be a regular occurrence as government was poised to defeat COVID-19 and ensure safety of people.