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Drivers Warned: No Money-Making; Safety First!

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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 enrich themselves.

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.

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