TRADERS in Awka markets and their customers are still flouting COVID-19 safety protocols which were recently put in place by government to ward off the looming second wave of the pandemic from the state across.
A visit at Umuokpu-Awka Building Materials Market and Eke-Awka Market shows that traders go about their business without deference to the protocols, particularly stationing hand washing equipment at vantage points and wearing of face mask as well as social distancing.
Even when some traders and their customers wore face masks, most do not wear them properly despite standing so close with one another. While some wore their face masks on the jaw or chin, others out rightly do not wear face masks.
A trader at Eke Awka, who observes the safety protocols, blamed the development on what he called “trivialisation of orders by market leaders who are those appointed by government to monitor them.”
According to him, government should change those it charged with enforcement of the protocols to bring up new ‘blood’ in the enforcement regimen of the policy.
Another trader in Umokpu Building Material Market, Donatus Ikedimma, advised government not to relent on its efforts at protecting ndi Anambra from COVID-19 no matter whose ox may be gored. He called on his fellow traders to observe the safety measures against the virus as it will go a long way in preventing its spread and minimising death rate occasioned by the deadly disease
Chairman of Awka COVID-19 Protocols Taskforce, Charles Obuekwe, was not available for his comment.