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As Covid-19 cases rise, market leaders ask members to close shop in Lagos


The Lagos chapter of the Market Leaders and Traders’ Association of Nigeria in Lagos are directing all affiliated markets to advise members to stock up on food and other essentials.

The March 24 statement also advised members to “close their shops, offices, showrooms, warehouses and markets temporarily from March 27th to Friday April 4th as we study events as they unfold.”

Signed by Comrade Christopher Okpala (President) and Comrade Okey Enwuru (Secretary), the notice also stated that market executives should ensure that temperature testing kits are provided for the appropriate officers to screen both members and customers in their markets, while the appropriate officers should ensure that every shop or showroom provide hand washing spots and keep hand sanitizers handy when their markets reopen.

We advise our members to stay at home during this temporal market shutdown, and maintain social distancing of at least 6six feet spacing in any public facilities; also observe other measures as directed or may be directed by relevant health agencies.

“We advise all our members to adhere strictly to any information or directives from the Lagos State Government and other relevant regulatory bodies relating to curtailing the spread of the COVID-19.”

The association said that collectively they are pained are pained by the ravaging effects of the deadly Corona Virus, since it was reported in the China.

“Our hearts go out to the families and countries that have lost tens, hundreds and thousands of their citizens, especially health workers and care givers to the virus, as we pray for the peaceful repose of their souls,” a part of the statement read.

“Our association is also concerned and worried about the dire economic crisis the pandemic has thrown the world into, hoping that things will normalize soon in every aspect of human lives as the search for a permanent cure and eradication of the COVID-19 intensifies across the globe.” 

The association said it took the decision to ask members to lock their shops, because only the living can transact business.

“We assume it’s wiser for our members to be alive, in other to be engaged in their daily businesses, hence measures to protect their lives at this critical time should be employed.” 

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