Piqued by the non compliance to Covid-19 safety protocols at the Margaret Umahi international Market Abakaliki, Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi on Friday suspended the Five Aides managing the Market.
The give Aides wererecently appointed to enforce compliance to Covid-19 protocols in the market.
But the governor who visited the Market on Friday was enraged when he noticed that most of the people at the market were not putting on facemasks.
The governor also discovered that the said Aides where not on duty.
The governor had suspended two auditor generals and the Ebonyi state coordinator of FADAMA recently.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kenneth Ugbala in a statement said the Governor directed the affected Aides to handover their official vehicles.
Those suspended are: Jacinta Nworie, SA in charge of lot 5 of the market, Kirian Ofoke(lot 2), Philip Eworo(lot 4),Francisca Okeke(lot 1) and Chukwuma Ofoke (lot 3).
The statement reads: “The Executive Governor of Ebonyi state, has noted with sadness, during his afternoon inspection at the Margret Umahi Int’l Market Abakaliki, that 99% of the market people do not wear nose masks and the five Special Assistants to the Governor on Markets were not seen on site.
“The Governor has therefore placed the 5 Special Assistants on market on indefinite suspension effective from Wednesday 15th of July, 2020.
“They are to hand over their official vehicles immediately to the Secretary to the State Govt. and coordinating Commissioner.
“The secretary to the state Govt. is hereby directed to post STAs and TAs back to the Margret Umahi Int’l Market Abakaliki to immediately take charge of the location while the SSG supervises them henceforth".
Mr Ugbala said the Governor warned that he will shutdown the Market if the traders continue to violate NCDC protocol on Covid 19.
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