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Level of compliance on COVID-19 safety measures in Wuse market

One of the Hands washing stands provided for public use in Wuse Market but Radio Nigeria observed was ignored by many at both entrance and in the Market.

Wearing of face mask in public places and large gatherings is one of the preventive measures recommended by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

However, non adherence of the safety protocol by some Nigerians in Markets, especially in the Federal Capital Territory’s Wuse market, calls for concern.

Wuse Market is known for various items both edible and non edible products for buyers across the length and breadth of the nation’s capital.

Buyers and sellers in a section of the market not observing social distancing protocols

Findings show that the management of the market together with various Associations within the Market provided hand washing Stands at strategic points which Radio Nigeria observed were ignored by many.

Another source of concern in Wuse Market is the wearing of Face mask as some food Vendors were seen without it.

Mr Chimezie Ibe, Mr Samuel Entonu and Mrs Amaka Nnamani told Radio Nigeria that many people were less concerned about the preventive protocols against the pandemic.

They all condemned the perception of many that Coronavirus is not real in Nigeria.

How do Traders protect themselves and those who patronize them,?
Alhaji Hamza Bagwai and Miss Hellen Malachy said they were observing the protocols together with their buyers.

“We have positioned hand washings bowls and hand sanitizers at different parts of the Market for everyone including our Customers” they Submitted.

Other Traders, Mrs Margret Okwonkwo and Rukayat Dahaltu at the Market however, appealed to FCT Administration to open the Market for at least five days to prevent congestion which according to them might cause a spike in the pandemic.

They said: “Government should please open the Market for at least five days instead of the three days a week, to avoid congestion, because many people are coming constantly and this will cause the spread of the pandemic.”

One of the Managers of the Market, who did not want his name mentioned said awareness and sensitization on COVID-19 is on going at the market, on every open day.

Other stakeholders said apart from public Sensitization, the management of Wuse Market also need to enforce compliance with the preventive measures against Coronavirus, and to mount Temperature checks at entrances to the Market

Samuel Adeyinka

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