President Nana Akufo-Addo has called on market women to follow the stringent measures put in place by supermarkets in the fight against the deadly novel coronavirus.
According to him, the enforcement of social distancing, wearing of face masks, frequent handwashing with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based sanitizers must be adhered by market women. They must also insist their clients do same.
While lauding trotro drivers and other businesses during his eighth address to the nation, the president professed that “I am encouraged that so many of our trotros, taxis, and buses are operating with a minimal number of passengers, and our businesses and supermarkets are enforcing the need for social distancing, the use of hand sanitizers and the wearing of masks for all patrons and staff. I want to single out supermarkets such as Melcom, Palace and Shoprite, in particular, for the excellent discipline they are maintaining in their enterprises across the country, and call upon all other enterprises, especially our market women, to emulate them”.
Meanwhile, he praised market women in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis for adhering to the social distancing directive.
“I am fully aware of the sacrifices in reduced revenues that all businesses and enterprises are suffering. But, I believe we have no option but to sacrifice to defeat this virus. This is the time for sacrifice, so that we do not have to bear a greater cost in the future,” he stated.