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S’East market boss issues emergency alert to traders



PRESIDENT-General of South East Amalgamated Markets Traders Association (SEAMATA), Gozie Akudolu, has issued a directive tagged: “Emergency Alert” to market leaders to provide sanitisers, soap and water tap containers in visible locations in markets to checkmate the spread of coronavirus.

  Chief Akudolu listed seven actions for market leaders and all traders in the zone to comply with to keep their customers and themselves safe from the highly contagious corona virus.

  “Following the pandemic outbreak across the globe of coronavirus, and the rate of increase in its incidence today, SEAMATA has directed all markets in the South East as a matter of urgency to implement the following with immediate effect.

  “Ban immediately, all handshakes, hugging and all form of body contact greetings and salutations in the markets. Suspend immediately, all general prayer sessions in all the markets.

  “Suspend all prayer sessions in all the zones and lines in all the markets. Suspend all general meetings in the markets until the pandemic is successfully controlled in the country.

  “All markets shall provide soap and water big plastic containers with taps at strategic locations in all the lines and zones in the markets.

  “All lines in the markets shall position soap and water in a big plastic container with tap at a visible location in the line for both members of the line, visitors as well as customers.

  “All shop owners in all markets shall immediately, provide soap, water and sanitizers for himself/herself and customers, who must first wash his/her hands before any transaction.

  “Solid arrangements shall be made by all markets for constant refilling of water and replacement of soap at all times,” he said.

  He also revealed that all the state presidents has been directed to work with chairmen of various markets in their states to effectively enforce and supervise this all important directives to the letter.

  “The association, at this point, is passionately appealing to the federal government to as a matter of urgency to provide a test centre for Covid-19 in the South-East for prompt and speedy response to any suspected case.

  “It is our prayer that the God that delivered us from Ebola virus shall protect us from this COVID-19”.

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