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Non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols in markets worries NOA

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DIRECTOR, National Orientation  Agency (NOA), Anambra State  Directorate, Charles Nwoji, has  described market traders’ non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols, as a source of worry when he observed that  greater percentage of the traders, motorcycle operators,  commercial tricycle and bus  drivers at  Oye-Uga  Market, in Aguata  Local  Government  Area, Anambra State, do  not  adhere to the  compulsory  COVID-19 preventive control measures, especially  the  use of face masks and the  social  distancing  as directed by the Nigerian  Government.

  The NOA  Director disclosed this while on a sensitization programme, organised by  the agency  at  the market  as part of its  statewide  advocacy and  sensitisation campaign on  Increased Risk  Communication  and  Community  Engagement  on COVID-19 pandemic.

  He advised the traders in the market to strive towards observing the COVID-19 procotols as stipulated and directed by the government, stating that the coronavirus pandemic is still waxing very strong all over the world without identified medications yet.

  While  reminding the  traders that wearing of face masks and maintaining of  social  distancing have remained compulsory as a law, and that defaulters are liable to pay a fine of  N10,000 or face  community labour or both, he told  the people that  their  lives  are very important to their individual  families  and  Nigerian  Government at large.

  The  Deputy  Director,  Programmes, NOA, Sir Joesph Uchendu, noted that majority of  Nigerians were  yet to  understand the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people’s lives  and the world economy, warning the traders to shun any  act that might lead  them to  contracting  the disease.

  Also, the Chief  Orientation  and  Mobilisation  Officer  (COMO) of NOA , in charge of Aguata  Local  Government  Area, Mrs  Ifeoma  Umeh, frowned at the  poor  attitude  of the traders towards the  use of face masks, noting  that Anambra State  Government would  not hesitate to close any market found guilty of  disobeying the  COVID -19 protocols,  especially the  use of face masks.

  The  NOA Director, Nwoji and  his  team  on arrival,  paid  a courtesy  call on the  leadership of Oye-Uga  Market where  the Chairman, Mr Williams  Emediego, represented  by the  Chairman,  COVID-19 Taskforce of the  market, Mr Emeka  Ekwueme, said  that the  programme  would  no  doubt enable  the  people to  be  well  informed on the pandemic and  its  negative  effects, assuring that  they would do  their  bit  to  ensure that the  messages  of the  event would  get  to the  grassroots.

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