The Kaduna State Government on Monday announced the closure of all major markets.
It said the move was aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The Managing Director of the Kaduna Market Development and Management Company, Hafiz Bayero, stated this at a press briefing in Kaduna.
Bayero said the closure of the major markets and the operation of neighbourhood markets would begin on Wednesday.
He noted that the measure was not meant to punish residents but to protect them from contracting COVID-19.
Bayero said the markets would be located in Chikun, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, and Igabi councils.
He said, “Chikun Local Government Area has Unguwan Romi Primary School, Gonin Gora Primary School, Nasarawa LEA Primary School, and Narayi Primary School.
“Other locations in Chikun council are Sabon Tasha Primary School, LEA Kudenda, Primary School, Rido, the primary school at NNPC Junction, Unguwan Boro Secondary School and Government Day Secondary School, Narayi.
“In Kaduna South Local Government, the neighbourhood markets will be located at Barnawa LEA 1, Barnawa LEA 2, LEA Maichibi Television, LEA Babban Dodo and Government Secondary School, Kakuri.
“Other locations of the temporary markets are LEA Chawai Road Unguwan Sanusi, LEA 1 and 2 Unguwan Muazu, LEA Kargi, Government Secondary School Richifa Street, Tudun Wada, and LEA Kurmin Mashi.
“The rest locations in Kaduna South Local Government Area are LEA Kinkinau, LEA Kagoro Road, and LEA Badikko.”
He added, “In Kaduna North Local Government Area, Tafawa Balewa Government Secondary School, Kabala; LEA Unguwan Rimi 1 and 2, LEA Unguwan Sarki (Black and White) and LEA Kawo will host the temporary markets.
“Similarly, the markets will be located at LEA Badarawa, LEA Malali, LEA Maiduguri Road, LEA Katsina Road, and LEA Kigo Road, LEA Abakpa, and LEA Hayin Banki as well as LEA Rafin Guza and Capital School.”