Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, embarked on a tour of the state capital to assess the level of compliance with the ban on the illegal sit-at-home declared by certain non-state actors. The governor visited various locations, including malls, markets, and the state secretariat, to monitor the situation.
During the tour, traders and residents expressed their weariness of the sit-at-home order, describing it as detrimental to their businesses and household economies. They conveyed their frustration to the governor, emphasizing their desire to resume normal activities.
While commending the overall compliance in most areas visited, Governor Mbah issued a stern warning to traders who continue to observe the sit-at-home order beyond Monday, July 24th. He stated that such traders would risk losing their shops to more serious-minded businessmen.
The governor highlighted the provision of adequate security and the absence of any attack since the ban on sit-at-home was imposed in June.
Governor Mbah engaged in interactions with business owners, shoppers, traders, and civil servants at the state secretariat. He emphasized the need to reject the sit-at-home order, as it negatively impacts employment, the economy, and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). He urged the people of Enugu to put the sit-at-home behind them and focus on working diligently throughout the week.
In addressing the traders at markets such as Ogbete and Garki, Governor Mbah warned that locking shops on Mondays would no longer be tolerated. He notified them that the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority would seal any shop found locked on Mondays due to the illegal sit-at-home. Consequences for non-compliance would include license revocation and reallocation of shops to other individuals willing to conduct business. The governor announced his intention to enforce these measures starting from the following Monday.
Market leaders and business owners assured the governor of their readiness to fully comply, stating their exhaustion with the Monday sit-at-home practice.