At last, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has announced the re-opening of markets in the State with effect from Tuesday, August 18, 2020. However, two markets remain victims of Wike’s shut-down policy as they remain under lock-and-key.
The re-opened markets are to commence business from 7.00am and close at 6.00pm, daily, as traders and buyers must adhere to strict COVID-19 safety protocols.
Two of the markets still under Gov. Wike’s hammer are the state’s largest and most popular market, the Rumukwurushe Market, popularly known as Oil Mill Market, and the Oginiba Slaughter Market. There were no words from Mr. Wike why the two markets remain shutdown.
In giving reprieve to churches in Rivers State, Gov. Wike approved they could hold services with about 50 percent of their hall capacity.