National President, Sierra Leone
Motor Drivers and General Transport Workers’ Union, Alpha Amadu Bah, has stated
that in order to prepare and prevent the Coronavirus from creeping into Sierra
Leone, commercial drivers must refrain from using the current situation to
He added that drivers who do not
adhere to this directive would put their lives and that of their passengers at
risk in the event the virus does enter the country.
In a message to drivers across
the country, Mr. Bah said: “drivers please this is not a time to make money.
This time, let us prevent ourselves. This time let us listen to what the
authorities are saying. Now there is a State of Emergency in place. When there
is a State of Emergency in a country and you flout the directives, the law will
bite you severely. Don’t become a victim of the State of Emergency instituted
by the government. I am calling on my general membership to please listen to
the authorities; let us listen to the people that are there to enforce laws and
let us obey them. Do not challenge them. These times are extraordinary times.
This is not the time to make money. This time we have to listen to His
Excellency President Julius Maada Bio. His advices are for all Sierra Leoneans.
We thank God, it has not yet reached here therefore let us all remain very
vigilant and do the correct things which would see us maintaining zero case of
the COVID-19. Those in the transport sector, let us be very careful when you see
a sick person, don’t take him, call 117.”
According to him, he has put significant measures in place similar to
the ones he put in place during the Ebola epidemic. He added that the
experiences in that past epidemic are extended to this pandemic. He further advised drivers to “make sure
people sit freely in vehicles – no standing while kekehs should minus one
passenger and taxis should take only three passengers and buses should not use
the center for seats.
He maintained that at every motor
park across the country, he has ensured that the chairman of those motor parks
provide Veronica buckets and soap to enhance hand-washing.