Hand washing: Abubakar Rimi Market non-compliant, others do – Investigation
By Salisu Baso
In compliance with government measure towards prevention and protection against the spread of COVID-19 disease in Kano State, particularly in the major markets, the managements and market development associations have jointly embarked on massive campaign against the spread of the disease.
The Triumph observed the commitment of the managements and associations toward complementing government efforts toward achieving the desired goals especially at this crucial period in the state is commendable,
At Kofar Wambai Market in which hand washing buckets and soap are provided at the four major gates with security personnel drawing the attention of people to wash their hands before entry.
Speaking to the Chairman All Traders Union Association, Wambai Market, Alhaji Kabiru M. Abubakar Tsamiyar Mariri commended the urgent steps taken by the federal and state governments to prevent the spread of the virus in the state, stressing the importance of prevention as a responsibility of government at any level.
He urged people to comply with government measures, saying the action will curtail the spread of the disease among people in the country, considering the rapid spread of the disease across the world.
The Chairman expressed his regret with recent records of the disease in the state, calling on the government to double efforts at preventive measures, as some major markets in the state have taken the same action against the deadly disease.
He further said two committees were set up at Wambai Market to monitor and man the four major entrances of the market with the provision of hand- washing buckets to ensure every visitor washes his or her hands with soap and sanitiser before entry.
The second committee, Alhaji Mariri said, will organise and collect relief assistance from well-meaning individuals in the market to distribute same among the low class traders to reduce the current economic hardship facing them as a result of the closure of the inter-state borders.
Also speaking, the Managing Director, Kantin Kwari Market Management Board, Alhaji Abba Muhammad Bello Yola said since the state government expressed its concern on the communicable disease, the management of the market has taken pro-active measures of introducing hand-washing buckets and sanitisers in all the major entrances of the markets as well as deployed people to ensure compliance with the order.
According to the Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, Chairman Kano State Vegetable Markets Union who commended the state government’s efforts toward addressing COVID-19 pandemic, saying that since the introduction of government’s preventive measures against the spread of the disease, the union has commenced provision of hand-washing items and sanitizers to buyers.
He also said the Union has introduced social distancing measures among the business community at ‘Yankaba Market to ensure cross ventilation, urging people to continue praying toward God’s intervention.
On his part, Managing Director of the Abubakar Rimi Market Management Board, Alhaji Uba Zubairu Yakasai had declined to respond to The Triumph’s approach over the compliance order.
However, a visit to the market showed that the 25-litre hand washing buckets mounted at the entrances of the market were empty and were even kept aside.
Investigation also revealed that since the launching of the hygienic items to prevent the pandemic in market, people have not been complying with the method due to non-concern of the management.
In his response, the Chairman Pilgrims Camp Traders Association, Alhaji Auwalu Ahmad Shinkafi said since the beginning of the pandemic, the leadership of the association has participated in several workshops and sensitisation campaigns on COVID-19 to mobilize their members on the preventive measures and that efforts were being made to ensure members comply with the guidelines.