COVID -19 : Organised Labour Takes Awareness Campaign, Safety Tips To Markets In Ogun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, June 1, 2020

COVID -19 : Organised Labour Takes Awareness Campaign, Safety Tips To Markets In Ogun

From Babalola Gafar, Abeokuta

Organised labour and civil society organisations in Ogun State have sensitized traders in markets in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, advising them on the reality of the dreadful Covid-19 in the state and precautionary measures to adopt to prevent further spread.

The group also engaged the traders on advocacy and social dialogue on why every should take responsibility towards stamping out the virus in the Gateway State.

They said the engagement became necessary following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the attendant lockdown in the state and its tolls on the economy.

State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ogun State chapter, Com. Emmanuel Bankole, said the sensitization is part of their contribution to the society, particularly in this era of pandemic to create awareness and to sensitize  people about the corona virus measures. 

Bankole spoke to reporters at the ever burstling kuto market in Abeokuta shortly  addressing the traders on Monday.

"We are here to enlighten the people that the virus is real and it's killing . And also to create awareness that what we are talking about is for our own good and for our own protection. We intend to go to all the market in Ogun State .

"We are doing it at the state level,  the local government will also take it up to ensure that all the market,  public places so that people can prevent this things," he said  

Also, the State Chairperson of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives(NANNM), Comrade (Nurse) Roseline Solarin appealed to the traders  to use face masks, and observe social distancing.  

She reminded them that there is a penalty for those who don't follow this measures.

Mrs Isiwatu Asake Adewuyi who is the  Iyaloja of kuto market said  she would urge het people to follow the NCDC guidelines on combating corona virus. 

"I don't want the government to lock our market down again,  so every body should use face mask,  maintain social distance,  and wash our hands frequently" she said. 

Also, Mr Owoyemi Steven who is the secretary of kuto market, said:"Concerning the safety, we will still go and educate our people concerning it because we still need to keep the safety of covid -19.

"We appreciate the government on the part of the management of this market we will be telling our people to wash their hands , make use of face mask, maintaining social distancing. I will try as much as possible educate our people concerning the measures."

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