Market days at Juapong in the North Tongu District, Volta Region, continue to register large traders and customers despite the existence of the dreadful the Coronavirus disease.
The traders and customers including commercial drivers and ‘okada’, disregard the strict observation of protocols as measures of combating the COVID-19.
The Juapong Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays and on these days, the Juapong Textile Factory (JTL) junction to Battor junction are dense with human beings who throw caution to the wind in this era of COVID-19 when physical distancing et al are being advocated.
There is, therefore, the fear that, secondary to this blatant disregard for the strict observation of protocols against the COVID-19 by the traders, drivers, bikers and residents, Juapong might register high troubling suspected Coronavirus cases.
“And the District Assembly and law enforcing agency must let the law be felt working. We are not in normal times and so all directives the President and government have announced to ensure that we fight against the COVID-19 must be respected for our good.
“The only way we can all be free to resume work soon is by being obedient to directives,” Pius Enam Hadidze, Deputy Minister for Information, said at Aboasa where he donated some relief items to Paul Asare Ansah, the NPP Parliamentary Candidate for the Asuogyaman Constituency.
Juapong lies between Atimpoku and Aboasa, both communities are in the Asuogyaman District, and the Deputy Minister, driving to Aboasa to do the presentation, witnessed the congestion at the Juapong Market, hence his unhappiness about the disregard for rules by the traders and townfolks.
He advised the North Tongu Assembly to create temporary markets on the school parks at Juapong and ensure that it enforces the President’s directives to the letter.
He ceased the moment to laud Paul Asare Ansah for his generosity to the people of his constituency, especially during these difficult times when all income earners have had to be jobless due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I am happy with what Paul has been doing for his people and I hope my personal donations to support his efforts will be emulated by order individuals and organisations,” Mr Hadzide said.
Soon after receiving the donations, Paul Asare Ansah invited leaders of the assorted food sellers at the Atimpoku Market to present food items for distribution to their members.
The membership is about 700 and each member would have a bag of rice, bottle of cooking oil and cups of gari to temporarily keep them.
The lockdown in Ashaiman, Tema and Accra has resulted in the dead
business at the Atimpoku food market, which is a stopover for travellers from the Greater Accra Region to Oti, North and Volta Regions.
“This is the first phase of supply of food reliefs to the beneficiaries. I will continue to work hard to get them more food reliefs. It is on this note that I would like to thank the Deputy Minister for Information for his timely donation. The people of the Asuogyaman Constituency are grateful to him.
“While the government continues to work hard to ensure that we fight the Coronavirus, I will plead with all of us to stay home and should we go out for a pressing need, we should strictly observe all protocols as measures of combating the dreaded virus,” he advised.
Felicia Akpagloo, Atimpoku Market Leader, on behalf of the traders, thanked Paul Asare Ansah for the reliefs.
“We hope this day passes us soon so that we can go back to our businesses,” she prayed.
By Inusa Musah / www.thechronicle.com
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