Members of the Edo State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) may henceforth not pick passengers not wearing nose masks, as part of measures to check the spread of the second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19).
A directive to this effect was given Thursday by the state government during a sensitization programme with stakeholders in the transportation sector.
A member of the state COVID-19 Risk Communication Team, Irene Uabor, said while addressing members of the union that “The need to observe social distancing in vehicles and wearing of face masks by all cannot be over emphasised. If these measures are in place, we can curb the spread of COVID-19″.
She said the state government would be rolling out more measures to curb the spread of the highly-infectious virus, adding, “Don’t carry any passenger who is not wearing a face mask. If we all practice all the guidelines put in place by the authorities, we will win the war against the deadly disease together.”
Uabor urged the participants at the sensitization programme to pass the message to other members of the union.
In her words, “Go back to your communities and motor parks and educate other members of your union on the need to practice all the guidelines put in place to check the spread of coronavirus.
“COVID-19 is real. Right from the first wave and now the second wave, it is real. The symptoms are real. We should stop the rumor that COVID-19 is not real”.
Responding, the state Vice Chairman of NURTW, John Odiase assured that the leaders of the union would educate other members on the need to practice all the guidelines that would help to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Odiase expressed appreciation to the state government for organizing the programme, assuring that the union would sustain collaboration with the government in checking the spread of the pandemic.