Nigerian-government bans street trading, hawking


The Federal Government says artisans can go about their normal businesses but prohibits street trading and hawking .

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19, Sani Aliyu , stated this on Monday while announcing new guidelines for the second phase of the eased lockdown during a briefing in Abuja .

He said , “ In terms of general movements , persons may go out for work, go out to buy necessary foods and for exercise , provided they abide by the curfew hours . Movement between local government areas is strongly discouraged unless for critical reasons such as health care and work.

“ I will like to emphasise that it is still safer to stay at home and avoid crowds .

The pandemic is not over in this country and the relaxation of some of the rules does not mean that it is safer to go out .

If you do not need to go out , please continue to stay at home .

“ Hawking and street trading is also prohibited and we will be looking into this in greater detail with state authorities . ”

“ With interstate travels , movement across state boundaries remains restricted other than the free movement of goods and essential travels . Security services are requested to please cooperate with members of the public and ensure that goods are provided with free passage , as this particular phase is directed at ensuring the economy starts moving again .

“ With intrastate travel , we will implement new travel processes for areas of the country with high – burden local government areas , and this will be restricted to essential travels . ”

The task force coordinator listed the new guidelines for reopening of offices in the public and private sectors .

He said , “For the industry and labour sectors , in terms of working hours, normal working hours will apply to offices other than government offices , provided this is kept within (outside) the curfew hours of 10 pm to 4 am.

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Offices are to maintain working at 75 per cent capacity while maintaining the two – metre physical distancing.

“ For government offices , they can open between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm .

So , no changes in opening hours but can work from Monday to Friday. Prior to this , we allowed three working days .

However , all persons within the Grade Levels of 14 and above at both the federal and state governments will be allowed to come to work. ”

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