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By Chukwudi Nwauba  :

Awka, Feb. 13, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has cautioned the Market leaders and Taskforce  of  New Motor Spare Parts Market Nnewi on violation of COVID-19 protocols established by the state government.

Dr Okpala gave the warning when he received the team in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.

He noted that the state government had been echoing the need for market heads and stakeholders in ensuring total compliance to the precautionary measures in fighting the pandemic.

The commissioner criticised the negligence of the market leaders and the taskforce teams in ensuring the laws were enforced.

Dr Okpala urged them to be committed in ensuring total compliance of COVID-19 safety protocols in the market while cautioning them that failure to comply with the rules could lead to a closure.

“Your job as COVID-19 taskforce members should be to enforce these laws, we have been sounding warnings in all markets in the state.

“It is important people obey the rules, in December we were recording seven cases per week but from January 1 it has been 154 cases per week.

“So, people should wear their masks and not just wear them but wear them properly.’’

General Secretary of the Market, Mr Patrick Nwoke on behalf of the group, assured of strict enforcement of the guidelines by their taskforce.

Mr Nwoke said they had concluded plans for the provision of necessary facilities, and materials needed in the market.

He pledged to take necessary disciplinary action against any person or group of persons that violate the rules.

“We will ensure the guidelines are enforced without fear or favour and anyone found disobeying the rules will be dealt with, whether shop owners or customers.

“We will set up hand washing facilities at strategic points in the market and ensure the taskforce is up and doing, so as to help the government to fight this disease,’’ he said.

The market was recently closed down as a result of non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols established by Government but has been re-opened for business with a condition to adhere to COVID-19 rules. (MOI)

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