The National Identification Authority which was observing the 2-metre distance directive has been asked to cancel its registration exercise.
They were endangering the lives of the people in the Eastern Region in an era where coronavirus has not only knocked at our doors but also entered uninvitedly. I don’t substantially disagree with this notion.
Let’s look at our markets; Makola Market, Agbogbloshie Market, Kumasi Central Market, Techiman Market and the others.
Traders and buyers are packed like sardines in these environments. In fact, there are no spaces between people who walk to and fro in these markets.
Somehow people are not seeing the dangers posed by these scenarios but saw enormous danger with how the NIA was handling its affairs.
Short of describing those who advocated the cancellation of the NIA exercise, would I not be right to believe that we are being dishonest in our assessments of the two scenarios?
Let us look at the transportation system. The trotro system is such that people sit in them and their bodies are in contact. Is that one the right method to practise social distancing?
I am not asking for markets to be closed down, and neither am I asking for the transport system to be halted, but I am galled by the hypocritical attitudes of some people.
If the NIA’s registration exercise posed dangers to the people in the region, then our markets and transport systems pose greater dangers to us!
We should stop approbating and reprobating when it suits some tendentious agenda we seem to be in love with.
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.