By Ahmed Ahmed
The Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria, (RTEAN) Bauchi state has intensified sensitisation campaign against the second wave of COVID-19 spread in the State motor parks.
Our correspondent reports that Nigeria has entered a second wave of coronavirus which was officially announced by Mr Boss Mustapha,Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammmed, the State Chairman of the Association stated this in an interview with Journalists on Tuesday in Bauchi.
He said the commenced sensitisation campaign in motor parks and other places was aimed at raising awareness among motorists on precautionary measures to avoid the rise of a second wave of Coronavirus.
“There is still immense mass gathering of motorists and passengers especially this Ember month in motor parks and branches across the state.
“This mass gathering in motor parks and branches is very dangerous as it can seriously aid the spread of second wave Coronavirus in the local government area and environs.
“Our conviction to embark on this sensitisation campaign is due to the fact that people recklessly disregard social distancing measures and wearing face masks putting not only themselves at risk, but others as well,” he said.
Mohammmed said the Association would create awareness and give COVID-19 prevention guidelines to the motorist and passengers in the motor parks across the state.
“ We will ensure commercial drivers carry a limited number of passengers to avoid close contact of passengers, while passengers should endeavour to use their face masks,” he said.
Mohammed who is also the Zonal Chairman of the association in the North East said they would collaborate with other agencies.
“To provide and distribute face masks, soaps, hand gloves, sanitisers and setting-up handwashing facilities in the entry and exit points of motor parks,” the Chairman said.
He urged the general public to abide by the COVID-19 protocols in motor parks, markets and gatherings.
The Association Chairman also called on the Government to enforce compliance COVID-19 prevention protocols in markets,parks and to continue with sensitisation on the dangers of the pandemic.