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Traders lament market closure in Rivers

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TRADERS in Rivers State especially those in the state capital are counting their losses as the closure of major markets owing to the COVID – 19 pandemic continues.

  Some of the traders lamented that since the government gave the directive to lockdown stores and shops in the markets a couple of months ago, they were not allowed enough time to do away with the perishable goods among their wares.

   They further went on to plead with the state governor, Nyesome Wike, to allow the markets to be opened so that they can salvage what is remaining of their perishable goods.

  Giving his ordeal, a vegetable seller at the popular Mile 3 Market in Port Harcourt, Mrs Chinyere Eze, said that they just purchased new stocks of the perishable goods shortly before the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Her words: ” I just got some baskets of fresh tomatoes, pepper and onions and was on the verge of displaying them for sale when the pandemic was recorded in the state prompting the governor to order the market closures. It has really been a difficult time for me since by now, my goods must have gone bad. I am pleading to the state government to open the markets at least for a while to allow us salvage what will be remaining of our goods”.

Meanwhile the state governor has offered a free bus ride for residents in the Garden City during the pandemic period.

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