Social distancing policy in Niger state needs advocacy

By Suleiman isah Minna

Cross section of people in Niger state who do businesses in markets, Banks and other public places have neglected the social distancing policy believing still that the corona virus pandemic is all but a scam.

This however prompted the Authority newspaper to take a tour of all the public places around Minna and report that people were seen crowded especially in markets places as against the desired objective of government to stem the rise of the disease through social distancing policy .

Checks also on the compliance order by our correspondent who visited the Kure ultramodern market, ATM gallery around Tunga area shows that the people are not complying while some are not even aware of the existence of such policy

A customers on the Automated Teller Machine ATM Who does not want his name on print heaped the whole blame on the Niger state government for not putting ìn place adequate advocacy on the danger of the Corona virus.

According to him “some people still did not believe that their is Corona virus if you talk to them, they said is a scam by government to syphon money.”

He also observed that most of the ATM machines were unable to dispense cash to customers which was the major reason why the banks become over crowded

He then called on government to iintensify it’s advocacy to the people on the danger of COVID 19 to enable them keep distancing where ever they find themselves.

At the Kure ultramodern market, social distancing was totally absent as commuters were having free entrance and exit, no hand sanitizer as promised by the Chairman taskforce on COVID 19. Alhj Ibrahim Matani, who doubles as Secretary to the state government.

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