Precisely one week after the easing of total lockdown imposed in Akwa Ibom as one of the measures to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus, the State Government has announced immediate shutdown of all livestock markets in the 31 Local Government Areas for the rest of May.
The directive came Monday evening, in a statement by the Chairman, COVID-19 Management Committee and Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem.
According to the statement, livestock sellers are advised to sell off their stock and proceed to shutdown, as “no new consignment of livestock – goats, cows and rams, will be allowed into the State until further notice”.
It also added that security agencies have been directed to monitor and ensure full compliance as defaulters will be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, sources at the popular livestock market in Uyo, popularly called ‘Nasarawa’, told the reporter that sellers will comply with the new directive.