In its bid to sustain its various enlightenment programmes aimed at stemming the tide of the ravaging COVID-19, Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture has embarked on market monitoring to ascertain the level of compliance to directives on prevention.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, who monitored the social distancing compliance of traders at the Farmers’ Market (Oja Agbe), Asero, Abeokuta, said the exercise was necessary in order to dissuade traders from clustering.
The Commissioner expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance in the market, where wash hand basins, soap and disinfectants points were strategically located in different parts of the market, saying government has been in the vanguard of social distancing, good personal hygiene and use of face mask among others.
Odedina added that, government would also continue to ensure that the people imbibe market place hygiene, noting that the fight against COVID-19 was everyone’s task.
“We are doing this sensitisation because this is an Ogun-organised and facilitated market. We are happy that market women and operators are aware of the dangers of exposing themselves and they are complying by protecting themselves and adhering strictly to the various guidelines against the pandemic”, he stated.
Responding, Mrs. Oyatayo Ewatomi, who said she patronises the market often, submitted that engaging market women in social distancing was a laudable idea, believing that it would help in halting the spread of the disease.
It would be recalled that the State Government carried out disinfection exercise in all major markets, livestock markets and Abattoirs across the 20 Local Governments in the State, as well as places of worship and other public places, to further safeguard the health of all residents against the outbreak of Coronavirus.