Association demands COVID-19 protocol compliance in markets

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Afeez Hanafi

The Market Trader Association of Nigeria has urged traders across the country to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols issued by the authorities to stem the spread of the virus.

MATAN National President, Jamilu Abbas, said the association had notified all the state chapters and local governments to organise workshops in order to enlighten its members.

Abbas, who led the body’s national delegation to the inauguration of Lagos State caretaker committee, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He said the enlightenment became necessary, especially because of many rural traders who might not have adequate understanding of the law recently signed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

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He stated that MATAN would also sensitise traders to leveraging existing opportunities for them to have better deal for their products.

Abbas in company with the MATAN Board of Trustees Chairman, Mohammed Labaran and MATAN National Secretary, Mr Olakunle Johnson, handed the association’s constitution over to the newly inaugurated caretaker committee Chairman, Alhaji Awusinu Moshood.

Labaran said the association afforded traders all over Nigeria the opportunity to harness the diverse commercial potential available in the market chain.

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He added, “We have realised that one of the major factors responsible for increase in prices of foodstuff is transportation. So we are having a plan to approach the Central Bank of Nigeria for the association to produce trucks that members can pay for gradually in a couple of years.

“These trucks will be given to all core traders in the northern and southern parts of the country so that they can transport their goods to their destinations without any hindrance.”

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In his acceptance speech, Moshood appealed to members of his committee and traders not to flout the association’s constitution, urging them to ensure compliance with safety rules on COVID-19.

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