Mini markets

Sit-at-home: Normality returns to the roads, convenience stores, workshops in Anambra

All urban roadside markets and those in rural areas were booming with trading activities, although most roads were busy with vehicles traveling to and from Onitsha, Awka, the state capital and Nnewi, the industrial center of the state.

A driver who identified himself as Onyeham Madu, told our correspondent that attendance at Monday’s sit-at-home exercise was encouraging as every place was busy with the movement of vehicles and people except for schools, banks, large markets, courts, parks, among others.

“I don’t know what’s stopping big markets, banks and schools from resuming so do-it-yourself sit-at-home ordering is a thing of the past. Since the morning, I have been commuting between Onitsha and Awka with lots of passengers and people are on the road without being worried.

“Before 6:30 I was on the road and so far I’m still on the road. I’m even making more profit now because of the increased price of fuel at the pump. It’s even better here at Anambra, in other states you can hardly find fuel. We buy it from gas stations. Previously, gas stations closed their stations, but now you can easily get to any of them. them and fill your tank,” he said.

In his own reaction, a Delta State University student, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that he boarded a vehicle from Asaba, the capital of Delta State, to Upper Iweka, Onitsha, Anambra State around noon.

“On arriving at Upper Iweka, there were so many people and vehicles in the Lagos park. Previously, you barely had a vehicle to get to Onitsha. Mitsubishi commercial buses serving Onitsha to Asaba are visibly on the road waiting for passengers.

“Food vendors and peddlers of various fruits and clothes including shoes, clothes, belts, glasses, plastic items, among others, have taken over the whole place,” he said. -he declares.

At the Nkpor junction mini-market, commercial buses serving Upper Iweka and tricycles blocked the entire square in the name of waiting passengers even as market women who mainly sell perishables, cluster the junction for take care of their customers.

Mrs. Ngozi Ogbukam, a vegetable vendor, told the newspaper that there were more people than last Monday and attributed the large number of people to free movement, saying that although the unknown gunmen left the State for other neighboring states, security has been enhanced.

“Security is now being tightened in Anambra State by Governor Chukwuma Soludo. So these thugs fled for their lives. The indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, also said people were obeying a non-existent order to sit down at home,” she said.

In the Nkwo Nnewi triangle market, business activities were in full swing except for the large markets that sell auto spare parts for which Nnewi is known as the hub of industrial activities in the country.

A vulcanizer who did not want his name printed said he was tired of working on vehicle tires as many vehicles were being treated today.

“I want to go home, I’m sick of so many vehicle tires I worked on today. You can see the roads are so busy as to say there’s no sit -at-home this Monday. It’s fading, people aren’t talking about ordering from home anymore. But the problem is that schools, most markets, banks, courts and the like still remain closed. If they reopen now it will be over for stay-at-home orders,” he said.