By Chimezie Ibedu
As a contribution to raising public awareness on the novel coronavirus pandemic currently ravaging countries of the world, tricycle transport operators have sensitized members in Anambra State on precautionary measures to safeguard the health of drivers and passengers alike. This was the focal point at the sensitization campaign held at the popular UNIZIK Temporary Site Junction, Awka, Friday, May 1.
They were led by the state chairman of Commercial Tricycle Owners & Riders Welfare Association Anambra State (CTORWAAS), Mr Sylvester Obiora. Members were educated on the need for proper personal hygiene, use of hand sanitisers and face masks, as well as to carry only two passengers at a time.
According to Comrade Obiora, it was only wise for tricycle operators to comply with the compulsory use of face masks for themselves and their passengers and other safety measures stipulated by the Governor Willie Obiano Administration with effect from Monday, May 4, 2020, rather than to remain at home without daily income under lockdown.
He thanked the state government for easing the lockdown and granting them revenue waiver for the months of April and May.
In line with the efforts of government, the union provided 15,000 face masks to be distributed 5,000 units apiece, among their members in the three senatorial zones of the state. Similar sensitization rallies were held in the other two senatorial zones.
Apparently elated by the initiative, Prince Collins Ozojiofo, chairman of the union in Awka, appealed to members to cooperate with the leadership of the union and the state government to protect their health and interests. He reminded them that COVID-19 was real and that they must not therefore be the guinea pigs to prove that reality.
Some Keke operators who spoke to Fides, including John Nweke and Sunday Joseph, were happy with the initiative and pledged to comply with the use of face masks and the two-passenger per trip directive.