By Uche Ezeadigwe
Anambra state government has inaugurated COVID-19 Task Force in Onitsha Main-Markets to enforce full compliance of its social distancing and other preventive measures against Coronavirus.
Addressing the people during the inauguration at the Bright street Onitsha, the Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Wealth Creation and Revenue Mobilization, Honorable Uchenna Okafor commended the efforts of the leadership of the market and cooperation of the traders during the lock down order.
Okafor charged them to enforce all government policy in the market to ensure that traders and their customers wear their face masks, observe social distancing and hand washing practice.
Also speaking, the President General, Anambra state Amalgamated Traders Association, ASMATA, Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu, assured that traders will comply with the directives to ensure that their markets and businesses will not be shut down.
However, the Chairman, Onitsha Main Market Traders Union, Mr. Kenneth Onyeka, expressed dissatisfaction that some people are still not convinced that the virus is real despite all news going around about the disease. He added that his leadership will make sure that there will not be any case of corona virus in the market.
Some market leaders, including Comrade Chinedu Chukwudebelu, Mr. Gilbert Ofodile and Chief Ikechukwu Okoye expressed happiness and gratitude to the Governor for listening to their cry.
Emmanuel Idoko, Messers Amechi Okafor, Henry Onyemaechi equally said they are fully prepared to ensure that nobody enters the market without their personal hand sanitizer and face mask since most of their customers are coming from neighbouring states with index cases.
In another development, the ceremony was equally graced by the inspection of guard of honour by the Commissioner of Trade, Commerce, Wealth Creation and Revenue Mobilization.