…As Gov Seyi Makinde tests positive to COVID-19***
Various markets in Ibadan metropolis, the Oyo State capital, on Monday witnessed a low turnout as many traders complained of low patronage due to the effect of the lockdown as a result of the coronavirus.
The newsmen report that the Oyo State Government had ordered a shutdown of commercial activities, although it allowed vendors of perishable items to open for business.
The newsmen, who went around Bodija, Ogunpa, Shasha and Sango markets report that in some areas around Ojoo, some shop owners defied government orders by opening shops while selling wares that were not consumables.
At Sango market, however, many shops were under lock and key in compliance with government directives.
The Secretary, Arewa Pepper Sellers Association, Alhaji Iliasu Bala, said turnout was low as there was a lot of tomato and pepper stock at the market with no buyers.
“Prices of pepper have come down, but people are not coming out to buy due to the lockdown.
“In terms of prevention, we are encouraging our people to wash their hands and use sanitisers.
“On the issue of social distance, we are trying as much as possible to practise this between sellers and buyers,” Bala said.
The Chairman of Oyo State Onion Sellers Association, Alhaji Abdulazeez Kareem, said onions now sell for N10,000 for a big bag, unlike two weeks ago when it was between N6,000 and N7,000.
Kareem said the hike in price was due to onions not being transported to the South Zone unlike before, adding that the price would come down at the end of the lockdown.
Baskets of tomato and pepper had flooded the market with no buyers.
A big basket of tomato sold for between N5,000 and N10,000, depending on dryness.
Ogunpa market was also empty with few sellers opening shop, while traders at Mokola market also complained of low sales.
The Iyaloja of Mokola Market, Mrs Feyisara Azeez, said the market had continued to record low sales as well.
Azeez called on government and NGOs to also distribute sanitisers to market women in order to curb the pandemic.
In the meantime, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Monday said he tested positive for the coronavirus and is in self-isolation.
The governor revealed this in a statement on his verified Twitter handle on Monday where he disclosed that he is asymptomatic.
“I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result, it is positive, I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate,” he said.
Gov Makinde, who is the chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force in the state, further tweeted “I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully.
“Please continue to comply with all the directives from the COVID-19 Task Force. Stay home, stay safe.”