One of The Designated Ndokwa East Market, Located in Kwale, Headquaters of Ndokwa West LGA
ABOH/Nigeria: With one week almost gone on the lockdown order in Delta State, which was imposed by the state government to check the spread of the pandemic disease, covid-19, the instruction that certain amenities like market be designated in some public primary and secondary schools have not been done in any part of Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state, but Kwale in Ndokwa West.
Activities at One of The Designated Ndokwa East Market, Located in Kwale, Headquaters of Ndokwa West LGA
Reacting to what he called an ugly development, an All Progressive Congress, APC, Chieftain, Chief Charles Olisa, he said that it is unfair that even the most developed, and urbanized areas of the council area, Aboh and Ashaka, had no designated markets to cater for the economic needs of the people at this trying time.
Chief Olisa, who holds degrees in Geography and Environmental Managemet, and fellow of the Institute of Geographers of Nigeria, told Ndokwa Reporters that apart from other communities within the area, Aboh and Ashaka, cannot be designated as rural areas, as they have a population of more than 2, 500, which is the international standard to classify urban areas, based on their categories.
According to him, it is bad that the local government did not see it good to select an area to designate as emergency market for the people at this trying time. He pointed that apart from the distance to travel to kwale to shop, the police had blocked the road leading to kwale from Ndokwa East, and arrested many of the people who attempted to travel to the market to shop.
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Reacting to the allegation, the chairman of the Ndokwa Local Government Area, Mr. Juan Guvnor, said that the creation of the markets in Kwale, the Headquarters of Ndokwa West was a necessity, as most of the traders in the area sell from home. He stressed that no body is being harassed from selling at their homes as part of the lock down.
According to him, the issue of the designated market is based on urban statue, which is not present in Ndokwa East, and the population is not there.
A Meat Seller Trading her Bussiness at Home in Asaha Ashaka
Speaking further, Mr. Guvnor stated that Ndokwa East is known for its hosting of many multinational companies, and since the issue of the lockdown is to observe social distance, the area is better do with the market outside the LGA.
He further stated that the issue of creating the market out the local government area was discussed with the women leaders in the area, especially the market women. He stated that the arrangement was that since most of the traders sell at their premises, they market will only be for those who are engaged on wholesale trading.
However, the chairman said that the market which was created at two points at Eke Primary School, and Owete Primary School, had been shutdown because of not observing the social distancing as directed by the state government.
“It’s difficult to manage so we opted out of such. Our people are selling from the precinct of their homes.”