Following the announcement by NCDC on Friday that Anambra has recorded a case of COVID-19, the state government extended the lockdown by another two weeks and announced relocation of markets which was to take effect yesterday.
However , following further evaluation , the state government rescinded on relocating the market and gave directives that only shops selling food stuffs and essential food items should open .
Kpakpando Media went into the market on Wednesday, 15th April to was ascertain the level of compliance by people.
In Afor market in Mbaukwu, Kate Agunaechemba lamented the low sales they are recording and the hunger which some people are facing.
Another seller, who deals in foodstuffs, asked government to open the markets so that people can do business. She said that the cost of transportation is also affecting the prices of goods. She said that the cost of Garri has reduced from 1400 to 600 Naira.
In Eke Nibo, Chizoba Ifeanyi , an onion seller also lamented the high cost of transportation which affects the price they sell.
A fish seller , Abba Nneka , said that lack of money has made people to refrain from coming to market as usual. She said they buy their fish from Onitsha now because they can’t go to Port Harcourt now. However , the cost of transportation has made the prices to increase which scares people away.
Speaking to meat sellers in the meat section of the market, Oluchukwu Nweke said they couldn’t sell meat on Monday because there was no cow meat in Awka. But today, they have meat but it is costly. She pleaded for price of goods to be reduced so they can also sell at reduced rate.
Another Meat seller, Chizoba Okeke decried the inability to sell their goods yesterday due to the closure of market but expressed gratitude that the market is open today. She still lamented the high cost of transportation which affects them adversely and pleaded for government to open the roads and allows good stuff sellers to use the roads freely.