By Nkechi Nweke/Regina Nwoye :
Nkpor (Idemili North LGA), June 24, 2020 (MOI) Zonal Leader and Head COVID-19 Taskforce, Idemili zone, Mr Anthony Onwuetiaka have teamed up with President-General, ASMATA to storm Nkpor Market to monitor compliance in curtailing spread of the pandemic.The monitoring was in line with the directives given by the state government on the pandemic.
We want to know if the safety guidelines and protocols are being kept across the markets in the zone and the guidelines given by the state government to contain spread of the virus.
We came unannounced but happy that safety guidelines are maintained at Nkpor Main Market, based on what we witnessed on ground.Taskforce team is discharging their duty very well. We observed the use of buckets of running water, soap and hand sanitisers at entrance of each line, and wished they keep it up.’’
Onwuetiaka noted that before now, our people were nonchalant about the disease, without realising that the virus was on the rise in Anambra, in spite of effort of the administration to contain its spread.The chief taskforce officer urged those in the market, to adhere to COVID-19 protocols continually to stay safe.
He rated Nkpor Main Market, Building Materials, Plywood and New Auto Spare Parts as scoring 90 per cent on COVID-19 compliance, saying that what they witnessed was overwhelmingly encouraging.
Mr Kingsley Obadiegwu, Chairman Nkpor Main Market commended the monitoring team, promising that they would comply with any rules given by the state government to avoid closure of the market.Obadiegwu said the market made their own transparent face masks tagged `Eyum’ to ensure safety and ease of breathing.
He urged traders to wear their masks properly, making sure their customer’s wear theirs too, while making purchases to avoid penalty.
This is a face mask not jaw mask because many are wearing it under the jaw.’’The chairman enjoined them not to jeopardise the efforts of the state government in containing the Coronavirus but to support the Government.
President-General, Anambra State Market Amalgamated Traders Association (ASMATA), Mr Ike Ekwebalu commended Idemili zonal market leaders on their efforts in the fight against Coronavirus.Ndi Afia, I urge you to be focused and steadfast as well as join hands with the government to send the virus out from our state,’’ he added. (MOI)