By: Valentine Adese (JP),

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Covid-19 Situation room on the Plateau has commended the State Government and Governor Simon Bako Lalong, for the measures they have been taking since the relaxation of the lockdown measures in the state.

LABOUR/CSOs COVID-19 SITUATION ROOM press release dated the 27th of June 2020, signed by its Chairman, Comrade Steve Aluko Daniel and his Secretary, Journalist Paul Jatau, also welcomes the State’s enforcement measures on safety protocols put in place, while encouraging the duo, to continue in that part so as to guarantee the well-being of its citizenry.

“We welcome and acknowledge the closure of some institutions that failed to adhere to the protocols and call on government to do even more to bring defaulters to book. More punishment should be meted out on those, who refuse to observe and obey the protocols to deter others from doing same.”

The situation room however, also observed that there is still low level of compliance with some of the protocols and therefore encourages the government to do more.

The release in part reads: “As regards compliance, face masks which were hardly worn before the commencement of the enforcement has witnessed an appreciable increase.

However, tricycle operators seem to have scant regards for the NCDC protocols as they convey more than the recommended number of passengers, who at most times do not even adorn the face masks.

“Indeed, commercial vehicle operators plying township roads scarcely do not obey the social distancing rule nor do they enforce the wearing of face masks.

“The Situation Room therefore, calls on government to, as a matter of urgency, set up a specialize task force that would be saddled with the responsibility of enforcing the protocols on a daily basis until there is reduction in the spread of the virus. This to us will jolt the people out of their lackluster attitude towards obeying the protocols put in place by the NCDC and government.”

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