From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
In a move to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Zamfara State, the wife of the state Governor, Hajiya Aisha Aisha Bello-Matawalle has flagged off the ‘Mask Zamfara Initiative’.
This was contained in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna Sunday.
The statement said that 60 women will be trained in production of face masks and hand sanitisers.
According to the wife of the governor, the Initiative is another good response to the COVID -19 prevention plans for people of the state under Gov. Bello Matawalle’s administration.
“Few weeks ago, my office made relentless efforts to cushion the effect of the lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic among our women and vulnerable groups across the state.
“We provided palliatives and preventive materials including hand sanitisers, face masks, hand gloves, soaps, sensitisation flyers, clothing materials and foodstuffs.
“Our support to women in the state will still continue in the wake of the pandemic. “We deemed it imperative to mobilise local tailors from grassroots to produce homemade PPEs.
“It is my honour today to launch the Mask-up Zamfara initiative programme sponsored under my office, which is a hand sanitisers and face masks production training programme for women in response to COVID 19 prevention in the state.”
She said further that, the training program which is targeting 20 women in each of the three senatorial zones, will be scaled up to all the fourteen Local Government Areas of the state.
“The training is aimed at capacity building for women and also to equip them to produce massive numbers of face masks and hand sanitisers as well as impacting the knowledge to other women.
“Though Zamfara has been declared COVID-19 free, but the dust is yet to settle across the country.
“I hope that this initiative will bring a positive impact on the lives of women and children in the state,” she said.
Aisha Bello-Matawalle stressed
that the effort would make face masks and hand sanitisers more accessible to people at the grassroots level as part of the government’s efforts of protecting people from infectious diseases.
“I want to use this medium to express my gratitude to my husband, for his incessant support and advise to this laudable initiative, which amongst others has led to many tremendous successes.
“I pray for Allah’s guidance and support for his leadership to move the state to greater level,” she said.
The governor’s wife urged women in the state to continue to take steps to protect themselves and their children against COVID-19 and other diseases.
She also appealed to people of the state to continue with prayers to Allah to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world.