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Buhari orders Markets To Open From 10:00am and 2:00pm Daily Amidst COVID-19 Lockdown

President of the federal republic of Nigeria has ordered that all markets in states where a lockdown was imposed (Lagos, FCT and Ogun) will be allowed to open between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm daily.The National Co-ordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani, revealed this directive on Wednesday during a briefing by members of the task force.

“For markets, only shops and stalls selling food and groceries shall be allowed to open to customers between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm,” he said.

Meanwhile, for supermarkets and food stores, their opening hours must be between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and all owners and managers have been warned to screen staff and customers before entry.

“On arrival, all staff must be screened for a high temperature and all those found to have a high body temperature above 38, will be denied entry and advised to seek immediate medical attention.

“All deliveries for supplies and products for these supermarkets must be made between the hours of 5:00 am and 9:00 am,” Sani added.

He further stated that at any point in time, the total number of customers inside each store must not exceed a third of the store’s total capacity.

After their closure at 4:00 pm, Sani urged shop owners to ensure that all shelves, aisles and stores are cleaned and disinfected and by 6:00 pm, staff are conveyed back to their respective homes.

The lockdown by the Federal Government continues in those three states as it enters in the second day. 

Minister Of Humanitarian Affairs Says The Cash Transfer Are For The Poorest, What’s The yardstick?

Earlier today, it was disclosed that the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development, Sadiya Farouq, announce that the Nigerian government would be transferring money to the citizens.

The clause, however, has infuriated many as it was disclosed that only the very poor would be beneficiaries. This was made known during a press briefing on the 30th of March in Abuja.

“We have directed immediate cash transfer to the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country. But for the COVID-19, the vulnerable groups have to expand, because we are aware that there are people who live on daily wage, so we are also going to look at those groups of people to see how we can get this food relief intervention to them in this period.” 

The fact that not all Nigerians will get that money is very disheartening as many are currently in need of money

Foreign countries who helped its citizens didn’t put a restriction to a particular class, it was a general thing, why would our government decide to help a few and neglect the rest despite seeing the hardship people are going through.

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