Market Women in Greater Accra have patted the Akufo-Addo government at the back for showing bold leadership in the face of daunting challenges with COVID-19.
Government last Monday took a decision to fumigate all major markets in the Greater Accra Region as part of efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic.
Kaneshie Market, Makola Market, Agbogbloshie , Adabraka Market, Mallam Maekets etc did not open their stalls to allow for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and other stakeholders to carry out the disinfection exercise.
According to the market women, the spraying of the markets came at the right time and has boosted their confidence into believing that they have a President who cares.
A day after the fumigation, President Akufo-Addo met with all the Market queens numbering over 137 at the Jubilee House to thank them for partnering government undertake the exercise.
The President had frank and honest discussions with the market queens on how to ensure decency at the markets and other issues of concern. “I thank you for allowing the cleaning of the markets,” the President told them.
Speaking to some of the Market queens on phone after the presidential visit, the market queens unanimously endorsed measures put in place by government to mitigate the effects of the virus.
The enthused market leaders call on the President to institutionalize the fumigation of markets every quarter.
So far Ghana has recorded 52 cases with 2 deaths and no recoveries yet.
The COVID-19 has attacked and killed thousands across the world with worst hit recorded in Italy, Spain, China, America among others.
The market women pledged to help in the advocacy of using the mouth mask, use of sanitizers, washing of hands with soap under running water and cover your nose when sneezing.
The second phase of the market fumigation happened in Tamale in the Northern region.
All markets in the country would be disinfected to ensure the virus is kept at bay.
Writer: Joe Budden