The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel has ordered an immediate lockdown of all livestock markets in the state with immediate effect.
The Secretary to State the Government/Chairman COVID-19 Management Committee, Emmanuel Ekuwem, disclosed this on Monday in a statement.
Ekuwem says the livestocks should be allowed into the state until further notice,
adding that security operatives have been ordered to ensure full compliance as defaulters would be prosecuted.
The statement reads, “I have been directed by HE the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel to announce the immediate shutdown of all livestock markets in state for the rest of May 2020.
“By this announcement, no new consignment of livestock – goats, cows and rams, will be allowed into the state until further notice. Livestock sellers are advised to sell off their stock and proceed to shutdown.
“Security agencies have been directed to monitor and ensure full compliance. Defaulters will be prosecuted.”