Commercial activities pick up in Kaduna

Commercial activities have picked up in Kaduna State, following the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew imposed by the state government.

The state government, had on Monday, June 25, relaxed the curfew to allow residents move around from noon to  4.00pm.

The curfew was further relaxed on Tuesday to between 7.00a.m and 4.00p.m in Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Igabi and Chikun local government areas.

Movement was restricted to between 6.00 am and 6.00 pm in the remaining 19 local government areas.

Markets, motor parks and other commercial premises were opened for business on Tuesday as traders were seen attending to customers.

As early as 7.00 am, the perishable items section of Sheikh Abubabar Gummi Central Market re-opened for business.

Trucks were seen moving in and out of the market.

Activities in the other sections of the market also picked up from 9.00 am when more traders opened their shops.

Most of the banks visited had large number of customers who queued to withdraw money from Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

 “We have to make necessary preparation before we open our gates for other services to our customers,” an official of First Bank said.

Officials of few banks, which remained closed, said that they were still monitoring the security situation before resuming normal operations.
The security was still tight as police men, soldiers and other security personnel still manned strategic locations to monitor movements.

The state government, on Sunday, June 17, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state following attack on three places of worship in Kaduna and Zaria.





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