Barely two months affect all the markets in Rivers state were shutdown by Rivers state government as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 traders in the state have appealed to Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike  to open all the markets in the state as to enable them take care of their families and other responsibilities.
The  Leader of Rivers State Chapter of Traders Association of Nigeria,  Mrs  Beatrice who spoke in Port Harcourt at the weekend said that since the markets were shut down her members are finding it very difficult to take care of  their families and other financial challenges.
She said that many of their members are finding it very difficult to feed as well as taking care of their family challenges saying that the market is their  only source of  livelyhood. 
She said that their members had gathered to appeal to the state government on their plight saying that the prolonged closure of the market is having a very big toll on them.
“That is why you saw us . We came together to make an appeal to his Excellency that he should consider the market traders that we don’t have any source than the market , we don’t collect salary from anywhere and the market is the only source of livelyhood and we are appealing to him that he should look into the matter and help us to open the market,” she said.
The  Rivers State Chapter Chairman of the National Butchers Union of Nigeria , Musa Baba Almed said that the union has set up a taskforce that will ensure that all preventive measures are observed in various markets in the state if the  state government re-open the markets . 
“We have set up a taskforce  that will ensure full compliance of all the health protocols if the markets are open . Each of the section of the market will have it’s taskforce . We will make sure that each customer that is coming will use water to wash hand , apply sanitizers and use nose mask before entering the market.  We have directed all the leaders of the markets to keep their men at the entrance gate of the markets as to check body temperature with  themometers,” he said.
Governor Wike had in April shutdown all the markets in the state as a measure to check the spread of COVID-19.
Some of the major markets affected in Port Harcourt  were the Mile one , Oil Mil, Mile 3, Creek road , Rumuokoro , Flyover, Sangana and Oroworukwu markets while all the markets in the 23 Local Government Areas of the state were also affected.