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TRADERS at Eke-Awka Market, alongside their customers appear to presently pay little or no attention to COVID-19 safety protocols as directed by Anambra State Government and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
This was observed while monitoring level of compliance to COVID-19 protocols by the Eke-Awka traders and their customers.
During the monitoring exercise, virtually all the people in the market are not wearing their face masks, while the few who have theirs were either wearing it on the chin or holding it in their hands.
However, all shops in the market still have hand washing materials stationed at the entrances.
In an interview, the Chairman COVID-19 Taskforce for Awka South and Eke-Awka Market, Charles Obuekwe, who debunked rumour that they now extort their victims instead of doing their job, assured that he will severely punish any of the COVID-19 taskforce in the market caught in such illegal act.
He called on traders and buyers in the market to continue to abide by the COVID-19 laws, as anyone caught by officials of the market’s COVID-19 taskforce would be subjected to all punishments meant for defaulters of the law.
For a member of the market’s COVID-19 taskforce, Chijioke Okoli, they were faced with a lot of challenges in enforcing the facemasks law in the market, as he said, many of the defaulters claim to be above the law, especially security personnel among them.
Also speaking, a buyer, Mr Uzochukwu Azobandu, who was properly wearing his mask, said it was necessary for people to continue to obey all the COVID-19 protective measures for their safety, pointing out that the deadly disease still exists.