Traders at the Dodowa Market in the Shai-Osudoku constituency in the Greater Accra region will now have to work in turns as part of efforts to enforce social distancing among traders amid the battle against the novel pandemic Coronavirus.
The Shai-Osudoku District Assembly adopted and announced this social distancing formula following a successful meeting with the executives of the market Women on Tuesday, 7th April, 2020.
Dodowa market is one of the busiest trading centers in the Shai-Osudoku municipality; Mondays and Thursdays are market days in the area.
According to the District Assembly, traders are refusing to observe the mandatory social distancing protocols issued by the government and this has forced the Assembly to ‘run shift system’.
Following this directive, traders have been divided into two groups and will have to trade on different days to ensure the social distancing.
Daniel Akuffo, the District Chief Executive (DEC) of the Shai-Osudoku in an interview with Angel News explained the need to observe the social distancing directives during this period.
“We visited the market on several occasions to observe how the market women are observing the social distancing put in place but we noticed that they [traders] are not complying to the directives so we decided to divide them into two after our review.
“Typically what we are doing as a state and regions with decisions seem definitely not going well for everybody but what we are doing is sending signals to educate them on the dangerous of what is happening” he stressed further.
He therefore urged all market women to think of the interest of everybody noting that they should think of staying safe today and enjoy tomorrow as it is the only way to make millions of cedis if they are healthy to work.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Dodowa Market Women Association, Madam Philomina Djablatey admonished her colleagues to welcome to the directive from the Assembly despite it being tough.
“We have also accepted the Assembly’s decision in good faith even though it’s hard. And we promised to comply to the shift system so that the market won’t be closed down.
“The fact that we have been divided doesn’t mean the market has been closed down so let everyone follow the assembly’s order and come to the market,” she advised.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Samuel Sackey